Wednesday, January 02, 2013


Tag! I’m it!

I’ve been tagged by the fabulous author, Vicki Hinze, to join the ever-popular, Next Big Thing blog hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find information on me and one of my newest books and links to five other authors you can explore!

My gratitude to fellow author Vicki Hinze for inviting me to participate in this event.  You can click the following links to learn more about Vicki and her books.

In this blog hop, my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, and I have answered ten questions about our book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We've also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write--the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it.

Here is my Next Big Thing:

1. What is the working title of your book?
My newest story is a contemporary romance with the working title, Playboy Doctor. It’s due for release Spring 2013 and is Book Three in my Heartthrob Heroes series, so be on the lookout for it!

Here's Book Two
(Late January 2013)

Here's Book One
(Early January 2013)

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve always had an interest in medical stories and wanted to write a medical romance for, like, ever. Who wouldn’t, with doctor-characters like McDreamy and McSteamy running around? Maybe it’s the handsome, dashing heroes that I love, but the time had come to write a medical romance of my own.

3: What genre does your book come under?
Contemporary romance. Also, medical romance.

4: Which actors­­ would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
For Dr. Shayne Edwards, I’d have the actor, James Scott. He plays the edgy character, EJ Wells, on All My Children. Dr. Shayne Edwards is confident, cool and dangerous on the outside, but deep down, he’s a hot mess. Love that! For Willow, the RN who keeps him on his toes, Kaley Cuoco fits the bill; she plays Penny on Big Bang Theory. Willow tries to keep her cool around the handsome doctor, but when she speaks up, she often blows Shayne’s mind.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When the handsome Dr. Shayne Edwards appears in a tuxedo in the ER, needing help with an abandoned baby, nurse Willow Brady’s life will never be the same.

6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
I’ve been published by three New York publishers and have also independently published my work. Playboy Doctor is a bit unusual in that it’s a blending of the two. It’s part of my Heartthrob Heroes series produced by eBookDiscovery, an online distributor/publisher that takes on special projects by established authors. I am thrilled to be working with them. It’s like getting the best of both worlds.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Four months. I took my time with this story due to the medical research. But since my friends consist of authors and nurses, I didn’t have to go far for my research.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any medical romance by Janice Lynn, Lynne Marshall, or Marion Lennox. Their stories are emotionally compelling, with larger than life--and often tortured--heroes, intelligent heroines, and heart-pulsing romance.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I'm constantly inspired, so there was no one thing. But I’d started out as a nursing major in college before switching to English. That’s how I ended up with a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Minor in Biology. Today, I enjoy occasionally writing short stories, articles and blog posts with a slant on health, wellness, fitness and nutrition. For my next big thing, Playboy Doctor, I knew women who had difficulties conceiving babies and so I wrote this to let women know they are not alone.

10. What else about your book might pique the
reader’s interest?

Besides the very sexy hero? After all, the series is called, Heartthrob Heroes! Let’s see, a baby’s life is on the line. The baby draws out deep emotions for Shayne and Willow. Shayne and Willow both have painful secrets they keep close to their hearts. Will they be able to open up to each other if it means risking their hearts?
Thank you for letting me share The Next Big Thing with you today!
Below you will find authors who will be joining me on The Next Big Thing blog hop next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendar for updates on their projects and new releases! Happy writing and reading!


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