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Interview & Giveaway with MAKE ME  Author Tessa Bailey!

Interview & Giveaway with MAKE ME
Author Tessa Bailey!



In the final Broke and Beautiful novel from bestselling author Tessa Bailey, a blue collar construction worker and a quiet uptown girl are about to discover that the friendzone can sometimes be excellent foreplay.


Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she’d stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.

With the future of her family’s hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn’t helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby’s suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?

As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she’s ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.

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Chapter One

Day one hundred and forty-two of being friend-zoned. Send rations.

Russell Hart stifled a groan when Abby twisted on his lap to call out a drink order to the passing waiter, adding a smile that would no doubt earn her a martini on the house. Every time their six person “super group” hung out, which was starting to become a nightly affair, Russell advanced into a newer, more vicious circle of hell. Tonight, however, he was pretty sure he’d meet the devil himself.

They were at the Longshoreman, celebrating the Fourth of July, which presented more than one precious little clusterfuck. One, the holiday meant the bar was packed full of tipsy Manhattanites, creating a shortage of chairs, hence Abby parking herself right on top of his dick. Two, it put the usually conservative Abby in ass-hugging shorts and one of those tops that tied at the back of her neck. Six months ago, he would have called it a shirt, but his two best friends had fallen down the relationship rabbit hole, putting him in the vicinity of excessive chick talk. So, now it was a halter-top. What he wouldn’t give to erase that knowledge.

During their first round of drinks, he’d become a believer in breathing exercises. Until he’d noticed these tiny, blond curls at Abby’s nape, curls he’d never seen before. And some-fucking-how, those sun-kissed curls were what had nudged him from semi-erect to full-scale Washington monument status. The hair on the rest of her head was like a…a warm milk chocolate color, so where did those little curls come from? Those detrimental musings had lead to Russell questioning what else he didn’t know about Abby. What color was everything else? Did she have freckles? Where?

Russell would not be finding out – ever – and not just because he was sitting in the friend zone with his dick wedged against his stomach – not an easy maneuver – so she wouldn’t feel it. No, there was more to it. His friends, Ben and Louis, were well aware of those reasons, which accounted for the half-sympathetic, half-needling looks they were sending him from across the table, respective girlfriends perched on their laps. The jerks.

Abby was off-limits. Not because she was taken – thank Christ – or because someone had verbally forbidden him from pursuing her. That wasn’t it. Russell had taken a long time trying to find a suitable explanation for why he didn’t just get the girl alone one night and make his move. Explain to her that men like him weren’t suitable friends for wide-eyes debutantes and give her a demonstration of the alternative.

It went like this. Abby was like an expensive package that had been delivered to him by mistake. Someone at the post office had screwed the pooch and dropped off the shiniest, most beautiful creation on his Queens doorstep and driven away, laughing manically. Russell wasn’t falling for the trick, though. Someone would claim the package, eventually. They would chuckle over the obvious mistake and take Abby away from him, because really, he had no business being the one who’s lap she chose to sit on. No business, whatsoever.

But while he was in possession of the package – as much as he’d allow himself to be in possession, anyway – he would guard her with his life. He would make sure that when someone realized the cosmic error that had occurred – the one that had made him Abby’s friend and confidant – she would be sweet and undamaged, just as she’d been on arrival.


Unfortunately, the package didn’t seem content to let him stand guard from a distance. She innocently beckoned him back every time he managed to put an inch of space between them. Russell had lost count of the times Abby had fallen asleep on him while the super group watched a movie, drank margaritas on the girls’ building rooftop, driven home in cabs. She was entirely too comfortable around him, considering he saluted against his fly every time they were in the same room.

“Why so quiet, Russell?” Louis asked, his grin turning to a wince as his actress girlfriend, Roxy, elbowed him in the ribs. Yeah. Everyone at the damn table knew he had a major thing for the beautiful, unassuming number whiz on his lap. Everyone but Abby. And that’s how he planned to keep it.

“I know why,” Ben said, causing Russell’s stomach to catapult itself across the bar. Before he could change the subject, Ben pulled his student-turned-main squeeze closer and continued. “He doesn’t need to give us advice on girls anymore. His powers have been diminished.”

“We’ve slain the beast.”

Ben and Louis toasted their plastic beer cups without a single glance at one other. Why was he friends with these two again? Oh right. The power of beer had brought them together. Praise be to Heineken. Smug as they were, though, Russell knew humor was their way of showing support. If it wasn’t humor, it would be sympathy, aka dude kryptonite.

“What kind of advice did he give you about us?” Roxy wanted to know, shooting Louis and Ben stern glances.

“Uh-uh.” Russell shook his head. “I’m calling bro confidentiality on you both. That includes pillow talk and supersedes any and all forms of sexual coercion.”

Ben adjusted his glasses. “That reasoning, however, should lend some insight into what you ladies missed.”

Honey leaned across the table and patted Russell’s arm. “It all worked out in the end, big guy. Who knows? You might have had something to do with it after all.”

Russell opened his mouth to respond, but whatever he planned to say withered in its inception because Abby spun in his lap again, sending the world around him into slow motion. A left jab of her scent – which after careful consideration he’d termed white grape sunlight – caught him in the chin and he barely restrained the urge to shout oh, come on, at the top of his lungs. Her big hazel eyes were indignant on his behalf, mouth pursed in a way that shouldn’t have been sexy, but damn-well was. She’d snapped her spine straight, hip bumping his erection in the process.

Please, almighty God, just kill me now.

“Russell gives great advice,” Abby protested and Russell would have smiled if he wasn’t busy earning his master’s degree in boner-soothing meditation. She really had no idea her outrage only made her sweeter because it looked so unnatural on her. “Remember the man on the first floor of our building? The one who used to clear his throat loudly every time we walked by?” She waited for Honey and Roxy to nod. “Russell told me the next time it happened, I should just shout TROUBLE at his door. I did. And it hasn’t happened since.”

When Louis and Ben started laughing into their beers, Russell flipped them off behind Abby’s back. What his friends knew that Abby didn’t? As soon as she’d told him the problem, he’d paid a visit to their downstairs neighbor and explained that trouble would find him if he so much as breathed in Abby – or any of her roommates’ – direction again. Hence, the single word being so effective. Russell was trouble.

But as Abby turned a bright, encouraging smile on him, swelling his heart like an inflating balloon, he recognized that his brand of trouble had nothing on Abby’s. She didn’t even know how dangerous she was to his health. Because while Abby was the package that had been delivered by mistake, he’d gone and fallen for her, despite his attempts to simply be her friend.

And maybe it was his imagination, but the loss of her seemed to loom a little closer each day. Like any minute now, she would peer a little closer and realize he was in imposter. Loss was something with which Russell was familiar. Loss had cut him off at the knees at a young age, made him hyper aware of how fast it could happen. Whoosh. Chopped off at the knees. So he was already in damage control mode, hoping to limit the fallout when she inevitably headed for a younger version of Gordon Gekko.  For now, it was all about keeping a comfortable gap between him and Abby.

She scooted back on his lap to make room for the waitress who had returned with a round of drinks, and Russell gritted his teeth.

Okay. Comfortable definitely wasn’t the right word.



I have friends. I have friends now and it’s glorious.

Six months ago, when Abby Sullivan had placed the ad on Craigslist, seeking two roommates to share her Chelsea apartment, her highest hope had been for noise. Maybe it sounded silly, but apart from the Ninth Avenue traffic trundling past and the occasional shouting match on the street, her life had been so quiet before Honey and Roxy showed up. She’d been hoping for hair dryers in the morning, dishes being tossed in the sink, singing in the shower. Anything but the void of sound she’d been living with, alone in the massive space.

Then, oh then, she’d gone and done something even more impulsive than placing an advertisement for massively discounted rent in cyberspace. She’d blurted upon meeting them for the first time that she didn’t need help paying the rent; she merely wanted friends. Unbelievably, it hadn’t felt like a mistake to reveal such a pitiful secret to a couple of strangers. There had been a feeling when all three of them first stood in the same room that it would work out, like a complicated math equation that would prove itself worth the work.

Now? She couldn’t imagine a day passing without them. The guys had been an unexpected bonus she hadn’t counted on. Especially Russell.

As they walked crosstown toward the Hudson River where they planned to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, Abby smiled up at Russell where he towered over her. She received a suspicious look in response. Suspicious! Ha! It made her want to laugh like a lunatic. All the way back to her furthest memory, she’d been reliable, gullible, sugar-filled Abby to everyone and their mother. Even Honey and Roxy, to a degree, handled her carefully around subjects that might offend her or hurt her feelings. She was too grateful for their presence to call them on it, though. Sometimes she opened her mouth, the words I’m not made of spun glass hovering right on the tip of her tongue, but she always swallowed them. They meant well. She knew that with her whole heart. Maybe someday, when she was positive they wouldn’t vanish at a rare show of temper—the way people always did when she bared a flaw—she’d tell them. Until she worked up the courage however, she would stay quiet, and appreciate her new best friends for the colorful positivity they’d brought into her life.

But Russell? She appreciated him even more for getting mad at her.

Such occurrences were her favorite part of the week. Russell stomping into the apartment, grumbling about her not checking the peep hole. Refusing to go out on a Saturday night until she changed into more comfortable shoes. Giving her that daunting frown when she revealed they’d had a leak in the bathroom for three weeks and hadn’t yet called the super to repair it. He’d had it fixed within the hour, but he hadn’t spoken to her the entire time.

It was awesome.

Because he kept coming back. Every time. No matter what—no matter what she said or did—he never washed his hands of her. Never got so fed up with her admittedly flighty behavior that he skipped a hang out. Or didn’t respond to a text. He was the steadfast presence in her life she’d never had.

No one spoke to Abby at her job. She’d been hired after graduating at the top of her Yale class and placed in a silent power position at a hedge fund. Her father’s hedge fund. So she could understand her co-workers’ reticence to invite her for happy hour. Or even give her a polite nod in the hallway. At first, she’d been prepared to try anyway. Force them to acknowledge her in some small way, even if it was just passing the stapler in the conference room. Then she remembered. When she forced her opinion on people, or had an outburst, they went away, and didn’t come back for a long time.

Her coworkers assumed she sat in her air-conditioned office all day playing Minecraft or buying dresses online. And why wouldn’t they? She’d done nothing to sway that notion. In reality, however, she worked hard. Showed up before the lights came on and stayed later than everyone else. Brought work home with her and often, didn’t get to sleep. She had no choice.

Stress tightened like a shoelace around Abby’s stomach, but she breathed through it. Tonight was for fun with her friends. Tomorrow morning would be soon enough to face her responsibilities.

“It’s the shoes, isn’t it?” Russell demanded, encompassing Abby, Roxy and Honey with a dark look. “This always happens in the eleventh hour. You girls started limping around and we just have to watch it.”

Ben sighed. “Here we go again.”

“No, really. I think I’ve finally figured it out.” Russell swiped impatient fingers over his shaved head. “You ever heard of sympathy pains? When my sister-in-law gave birth, my brother swore someone was firing a nail gun into his stomach. To this day, the guy has never been the same.” He pointed at Abby’s electric blue pumps. “Women wear these evil creations around to confuse us. Sure, they make a girl’s legs look good, but that’s the black magic, my friends. They want us to feel their pain and not understand why.”

Louis turned, walking backwards on the sidewalk so he could face them. “I have to admit, I’m with Russell on this one.” He smiled at Roxy’s outrage. “You could go barefoot and it wouldn’t make a difference to me.”

“I’ll round it out with a third agreement,” Ben chimed in. “I like Honey in her Chucks.”

That statement earned Ben a kiss from Honey and a groan from Russell. “I’m thrilled you assholes have found a way to use my amazing logic to earn points.”

Abby loved the familiar argument simply because it was familiar—a routine she had in common with others—but she had to admit her feet were throbbing. After a night of dancing, the crosstown walk was giving her blisters. She wore heels all day at the office, but they were sensible and low-heeled. Nothing like the stilettos she’d borrowed from Roxy. In fact, now that she’d acknowledged her tired feet, every part of her seemed to sag with exhaustion, as if she’d finally given her bones permission. “I can end this argument right here,” Abby interrupted with a weary, but determined smile. The group stopped to watch as she slipped off her shoes and placed her bare feet back onto the cool sidewalk with a hearty sigh. For some reason, everyone’s gazes swung to Russell who – God love him – was frowning at her like she’d just crashed his beloved truck.

“A new tactic, gentlemen. Take note.” Their four friends laughed at Russell’s ominous tone, but Abby stayed pinned under his scowl. Although now, his scowl had a hint of uncertainty behind it. “Put them back on, Abby. You’re going to step on something. Broken glass, or—”

Abby breezed past Russell. Honestly, he worried constantly for no reason. They were only a few blocks away from the river and the streets were well lit. What was the worst that could—

Her feet left the ground, her gasp cutting off as she was cradled against Russell’s big chest. His expression was hidden, thanks to the streetlights shining blindingly above his head, but Abby knew from experience, he would be annoyed. She couldn’t prevent the smile from spreading like wildfire across her face, feeling as if it reached as far as her chest. It seemed impossible, but somehow she’d earned a place among these people who cared about her. Friends. Good friends. The kind you can’t live without.

Especially Russell. Her favorite.

“You were put on this earth to make me crazy, Abby. You know that?”

“I’m not sorry about it,” she whispered. “Does that make me a bad person?”

“No. It makes you a woman.”

She muffled her laugh with the use of Russell’s shoulder. “Men make women crazy, too. It’s not a one-sided affair.”

He frowned down at her. “What would you know about it?”

That question coming from anyone else might have embarrassed Abby, but for all Russell’s bluster, he never judged her. Not for her lack of a love life, anyway. Shoes were another matter altogether. “I know things.”

Things, huh? Maybe Louis and Ben should spend more time at their own apartments.” His arms flexed as he hefted her higher, with minimal effort. “Do you actually like watching the fireworks or is this just a patriotic custom we’re upholding?”

“No, I love fireworks.” She tilted her head back and looked at the sky. “Everyone forgets over the course of the year how incredible fireworks are. You know? They forget until they’re standing beneath them again. You don’t like them?”

He stared ahead as he answered. “I like that you like them.”

Abby smiled, knowing Russell would have to be extra gruff for the remainder of the night to make up for that slip. And needing to torture him a little over it. “That’s how I feel when you make me watch the Yankees.” She laid a hand against his cheek. “It’s worth it just to see your adorable man eyes light up.”

His sigh was sharp, but she caught the corner of his mouth kicking up. “All this time, I thought you were enjoying it.”

“The blooper reel is my favorite.” Drowsiness settled more firmly over her and she stifled a yawn against his shoulder. “Also, I love when kids in the audience catch foul balls.”

“Crowd. It’s called a crowd.”

She hummed in her throat, eyelids beginning to weigh down. “I knew that. Just seeing if you were paying attention,” she murmured.

Russell chewed his bottom lip a moment, worry marring his features. “You’re so tired lately, Abby. Everything okay?”

“Totally fine,” she lied. “Just going to rest my eyes a minute.”

Positive he would wake her up when they reached the Hudson, she wound her arms around his neck and dozed off. It was the first time she’d slept in three days.



Russell!!!!! Yes yes yes yes. Once again, Ms. Bailey has given us a hero who has earned my heart. I have been waiting for Russell’s story since, Chase Me. We have watched Russell love Abby from afar. His friends want him to declare his love to her, put them both out of their misery and I thoroughly agreed with them : )


Russell has friend zoned himself with Abby, the love of his life. He believes he isn’t good enough for her, for you see, Russell is blue collar and thinks that unless he can provide Abby with the material things in life, then he is unworthy of her love. His Abby was raised in luxury and her money intimidates him. Abby is stronger than Russell gives her credit for, she is handling a situation that is breaking her down both mentally and physically. For reasons of confidentiality, Abby is unable to share with her friends why she’s working endlessly, both night and day.


Watching Russell struggle with hiding his love of Abby, being there for her and doing anything in his power to make her happy endeared him to me. My heart hurt to see him continuously fight those around him and his own pride as he fought his feelings for Abby. Once Abby realizes that she has feelings for Russell, she decides that for once in her life, she will go after what she wants. Russell doesn’t stand a chance, mwahahahahaa.


Tessa is famous for her dirty talking Alpha heroes and in Russell, she didn’t disappoint. Russell is an Alpha male with a sensitivity that made me fall in love with him from the very beginning of Make Me. The love scenes between Russell and Abby were heart pounding, erotic and sexy. I eagerly, impatiently, anticipated Russell and Abby’s story, not only was Make Me worth the wait, Russell goes into my list of top three Tessa Bailey heroes.


We catch up with couples from the other books in the Broke and Beautiful series throughout Make Me. Ms. Bailey makes sure that the couples are integrated into the story line without them taking over. It is why I love her books, we get to read about previous characters we’ve come to love without forsaking the existing characters. I hated for Make Me to end as I have such a love for Russell but it was definitely a very satisfying, sizzling and emotional read. Thank you Tessa, for writing such a great hero in Russell and ending out the series with a bang.



Please tell us a bit about your latest release.

MAKE ME is a friends-to-lovers story about rough-around-the-edges construction worker, Russell, who is in love with his best friend, Abby, a hard working young woman running her family’s hedge fund. She’s smart and adventurous, but a little naïve when it comes to love, especially in the case of Russell, who would throw himself into oncoming traffic for her.

Are you attending any conventions in 2015? If so, what are the top three reasons as to why you like/choose them?

The only remaining convention I’ll be attending in 2015 is Baltimore Book Fest. It’s a fabulous event that lasts three days and seems to expand every year, in terms of romance readers attendees Very well organized and fun! Next year, I’m doing ApollyCon in Savannah, Georgia and Wicked Book Weekend, to name a few. I love being anywhere I can connect with readers.

What is your favorite romance sub-genre?

Hmm. I guess it depends on my mood! Sometimes I’m really in the mood for new adult, like I want some angsty good times. But I find myself going back to romantic suspense a lot because the genre is populated with capable alpha heroes. Who doesn’t like those?

What is your dream vacation spot?

I’ve been hankering for somewhere kind of cold and magical. Maybe Iceland for a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Or somewhere up in the hills of Scotland. I’m sick of the heat. Bring on the frost.

What do you think has been the most important moment or event of your life so far? And why do you feel that way?

I think there have been a few. Once, I was crying on the sidewalk in New York after a bad night of waitressing, ready to give up and go home. And a man told me to get my shit together (in more eloquent and longer winded fashion). That was a good one. But I think any parent will tell you the birth of their child is a game changer. When they handed me my daughter, I felt the earth shift. And I realized I better go out and make something of myself.



Boxers or Brief           Briefs

Manscape or Not        Not

Lights On or Lights Off         Have I shaved? Okay, on.

Summer or Winter                 Winter

Peanuts or Chocolate              Chocolate covered peanuts

Batman or Superman              Henry Cavill as Superman

The Voice or American Idol  Neither (sorry!)

Christmas or Birthday                        Christmas      

Heels or Flats                         Heels  

Talk or Text                            Text

Action Movie or Comedy      Comedy         

Facebook or Twitter               Facebook

tessa bailey bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives on Long Island with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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Interview & Guest Post! THE LOST by Cole McCade

Interview & Guest Post! THE LOST by Cole McCade

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Cole McCade!The Lost Cover


The Lost
Release Date: 8/25/2015

She’s known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She’s a slave to her own twisted lusts–and it’s eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she’s always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy her addiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one’s ever given her what she truly needs.

Until Gabriel Hart.

Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn’t the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He’s the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won’t settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.

But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past–one she’ll do anything to escape.

Even if it means running from the one man who could love her…and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.

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Interview with LAID OUT Author Sidney Halston

Interview with LAID OUT
Author Sidney Halston



Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Sidney Halston


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Joyfully Spotlighted Interview with New York Times Bestseller Author Paige Tyler!

Joyfully Spotlighted Interview with
New York Times Bestseller Author Paige Tyler!

Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Paige Tyler for a Spotlight Interview!!

What is your most current work out?


My most recent release is WOLF TROUBLE, which is Book 2 in my Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series. It’s published by Sourcebooks and it released on August 4th.


**Woohoo! This just in…WOLF TROUBLE is a Joyfully Recommended Read!!**



Tell us a little about Wolf Trouble.


Senior Corporal and Squad Leader Xander Riggs of the Dallas SWAT team is worried. They’ve been ordered to add a female member to the team—ASAP. All Xander can foresee is the team’s alpha werewolves going crazy from being exposed to female pheromones all day. Worse, how are they ever going to be able to use their werewolf skills again? But his boss, Sergeant Gage Dixon, tells him he intends to hire a female werewolf. Xander didn’t even know female werewolves existed. Now, he’s worried how the team will handle that.


Things go from bad to worse when Xander meets the newest member of the team—female alpha werewolf Khaki Blake. To say he’s stunned is putting it mildly. He definitely didn’t expect the gorgeous, dark-haired female werewolf who smells like heaven in a uniform. He isn’t sure how the other guys on the team are holding it together. Wasn’t she driving them just as crazy? How can Xander possibly be her squad leader when he can barely think every time he’s near her?


What Xander doesn’t know is that Khaki is having problems of her own ignoring the attraction she feels to her new supervisor. She just got out of one workplace romance, and she doesn’t want to get into another one.


Action, adventure, and romance collide as Xander does his best to try and train Khaki to be the best SWAT officer he can while they both fight the growing attraction between them. But what they want takes a backseat to the reality of what happens when two werewolves destined to be together finally meet.


What inspired you to write Wolf Trouble?


Well, the whole SWAT Series was originally going to be an erotic series with each book focusing on the different departments in the Dallas PD (not only SWAT), but after writing tons of outlines for books, I couldn’t get the balance between lots of sex and police procedural stuff right, so hubby (who’s my writing partner) suggested we should go paranormal instead. He wanted to go with zombies, but I had to put my foot down and say no to that. Instead, I decided to go with werewolves. It just seemed like a perfect concept—cops who are werewolves. That’s how Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) came about!


When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?


When I first started writing, I was a pure pantser. But over the years, I realized that didn’t work out too well for me. These days, I plot out everything before I start writing. A lot of people don’t realize it, but write I co-write with my hubby, and when we’re getting ready to start work on a story, we run out to our favorite restaurant—P.F. Chang’s—and brainstorm the plotline for the book right there over a big plate of Spicy Chicken. We basically talk our way through the entire plot, discussing each of the major scenes in the story. We really focus on those sequences that supports the action plotline, the character developing plotline, and the romance plotline. He puts that into a very rough draft with all the basics, then I take that and write the finished, polished manuscript.


Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?


That would have to be Jayna Winston. You haven’t met her yet, but she’s the heroine in Book 3 of the SWAT series called IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, which releases Dec 1. 2015. She’s the very complicated woman Becker falls in love with. There are events in her past that affect everything she does, as well as current loyalties and obligations that keep her from necessarily following her heart. Everything comes together to create a woman who can be fragile in some ways, yet hard as nails in other ways. Definitely a challenging character to get just right.

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Joyfully Spotlighted Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Tawny Weber!

Joyfully Spotlighted Interview with
New York Times Bestselling
Author Tawny Weber!

Joyfully Reviewed is thrilled to Welcome the lovely and talented

Bestselling Author Tawny Weber!

What is your most current work out?


I just released A SEAL’s Proposal, which is the latest in my Sexy SEAL novella collection.  I’m super excited about this one!  And on the first of September, my latest Blaze Sexy SEAL, A SEAL’s Temptation, will be out, too.


Tell us a little about.


A SEAL’s Proposal is all about sacrifices, both for the hero in his attempt to be the best and for the heroine because she’s sure that once he’s achieved that dream, he’ll leave.  Its one of those stories that was so sweet to write, but really pushed my own emotional buttons (those are always fun!).


A SEAL’s Temptation, my September release, was SO fun to write.  It’s about a shy SEAL home on leave to see his family—not knowing that his sister has found his perfect woman. Actually, his perfect woman doesn’t know either.  My Blazes are usually on the steamy hot side and this one definitely hit that temperature.


What inspired you to write your current novel/s?


I love SEALs.  Actually, I love all military heroes!  My husband was in the army, and I always feel that there is a little something extra heroic in these guys.  They give their all, and because they do it makes very specific demands on any relationship they have.  Exploring those demands and how love can overcome their costs always inspires me.


When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?


Both.  I always know who my characters are, and ideally I know their emotional issues and the conflict they’ll face in the story.  I try to have the dark moment—that part of the story where it all falls apart—in mind from the beginning, too, so I always know where the stakes are being raised to.  Other than that, my plot is vague.  I’ll have scenarios and settings, and always love scenes, but won’t know how they’ll happen or what position they’ll include until I write it.


Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?


Mmm, that’s a tough question!  They’re all difficult in their own way, so its hard to pinpoint just one.   And any that seemed tough at the time tends to pale into a pussycat when I’m faced with the next set.  So to answer the question, I’ll say it was Shane O’Brian from A SEAL’s Temptation.  Not only was he a big tough guy, he is very shy. And while shyness has it’s own appeal, it’s not always easy to write.  Added to that, he goes through some really rough times (gotta read the book!) that weren’t easy to put on paper.


Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?


I don’t! I really wish I did, though, so I could have a fun story.  But I’m rather particular in that I never base a character on a real person because, well, real people never do everything exactly the way I want them to, and my characters need to be a little more agreeable to what I’m trying to do to them.


What do you find the hardest part of writing?


Besides actually sitting down and doing the work?   The toughest thing for me would be the external plot.  I’m a character driven writer, so creating them is pure pleasure.  Figuring out what they’re supposed to do? Now that’s the work for me.


Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.


I made my living as a tarot reader for quite a few years. That might be a surprise.


Do you have a guilty pleasure?


I’m not big on guilt, so I tend to revel in my pleasures. Well… maybe I do feel a little bad about the six Oreo’s I ate at three in the morning.  But not bad enough to stop from eating them again tonight LOL



What TV Show/s are you addicted to?


I write so much I rarely have time to watch TV on a regular basis, so I tend to buy them buy the season and glut.  I love Castle, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek: TGN (I’m marathon watching this right now with my daughter) and MASH.


Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?


I love to scrapbook and make cards, but don’t seem to have much time for it anymore.  I really wish I did! I still collect supplies though – its sort of an addiction.


What do you need before you start writing?  Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?


Iced tea.  Lots and lots of iced tea and a quite place to write.  I’m happiest in my comfy writing chair, with my playlist blasting through my headphones and a huge glass of iced tea by my side.


Does music influence your writing?  If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?


I create a playlist for each book I write, but its too informal to be themed.  Its more whatever music inspires or is in my head when I’m writing.  But using that playlist to write to keeps me in the story, even after I’ve completed it. That comes in handy for edits that arrive a month or so after I’ve started a new book!


Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?


I am usually juggling two stories in the writing stage and at least one more in the back of my head or on the plotting board.  And then there are those rare times that I’m working on nothing!  I don’t seem to have an in-between, though.


Where were you when you got your first contract?  What was the book and who did you tell first?


I was in bed, sleeping!  It was Memorial Day here in the states and my husband was home so when the phone rang at 9am, I didn’t even lift my head from the pillow. When he came in, nudging and pushing me to wake up I did, though. I’ll always be thrilled that I got the call when he was right there beside me.


Where do you want to be in the next ten years career wise? Do you have any specific goals?


I want to make the most of the path I’m on and get as far along it in the next ten years as I possibly can. I love what I’m writing and look forward to expanding it, growing with it and taking the stories deeper and bigger as I move forward.


How old were you when you read your first romance book? 


I think I was ten when I read my very first romance novel.  I’d say I was precocious!


What is your all-time favorite romance book?


Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters trilogy.  I love those books.  They might, maybe, be supplanted by her Dark Witch trilogy, but I’m not sure yet.  We’ll see how the Dark Witch stands up to a half-dozen more readings, then I’ll know for sure.


What author causes you to “go fan girl or guy”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?


Nora Roberts.  I love her books so much!


If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?

I don’t, I’m a full-time writer and love that I get to be!


Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?


I love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies because, mmm, Johnny Depp!  But my current favorite would be a tossup between Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.


What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?


I’m currently rewriting A SEAL’s Sacrifice to make it a longer story, and am working on another Blaze SEAL that I haven’t yet titled.  The hero is a cowboy and is so yummy that I keep getting distracted!


If you could co-write with another author who would it be?


Oh, that’s a tough question! I’ve never thought of co-writing and figure my process would drive other authors crazy.


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Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?


Only that I love hearing from readers and wish everyone a wonderful reading adventure!!!

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