Love is in the Air
Chrys N. Jay’s Newsletter July 3, 2015
Welcome to the first issue of ‘Love is in the Air’. We’re kicking off our brand new newsletter with an interview from Tricia Anderson, including an excerpt from her newest release, The Assassin.
Stay tuned for upcoming issues, released every Friday. We have a lot more great romance authors scheduled. Coming up for the rest of the month are: July 10: Kathleen Tighe Ball, July 17: Elizabeth Black, July 24: Iris Blobel, July 31: Sarah Cass
Thanks for joining us, and may your week be filled with love!
Chrys N. Jay
Filled with storybook architecture and rich with history, the town of Spinning Hills, Ohio, has seen better days. Now the Amador brothers are determined to restore the neglected community to its former glory. But it takes more than a hammer and nails to make a house a home…
Author Spotlight — Tricia Anderson
I met Tricia through Tuesday Tales and she soon became one of my favorite authors, along with the other talented authors there, writing to a weekly prompt. Joining us for our first author spotlight – here is Tricia!
Tricia, you’ve written an assortment of books: historical romances, The Black Irish series, the Hard Drive series, and three children’s books. Which is your favorite?
My favorite series (for now) is the Hard Drive Series and my favorite book is Breaking the Cycle. What started as a book meant to “do good” became a collaborate effort of many groups coming together. It also led me to find my team who are my second family, a group of people I love very much.
Do you have a favorite character?
Well…I do. It recently changed. It was Rico Choate from Breaking the Silence because he is based off some close to me. Now it’s Reese Cooper, the hero from The Heartbreaker. Everyone will hopefully get to meet him in October. He’s my new book boyfriend. He’s perfect. ❤
Do you have any book boyfriends? And if so, is your husband jealous of him/them?
Out of my books, Reese Cooper (I’m such a tease!). I don’t think he is. Even though the physical descriptions aren’t the same, there are parts of Reese’s heart and souls that are definitely Brian.
What’s been the most challenging aspect of writing romances?
Writing the intimate scenes. I am constantly afraid of writing a boring or repetitive scene. Those type of excerpts can pull a reader out of the book. I don’t want that.
What has been most rewarding?
Hearing readers tell me how much they love my books. I just love it that people read my books. It’s literally my dream come true.
How did you end up moving from children’s books to romances?
I like to study and explore characters and their stories. It’s difficult to do with picture books. I was always writing the larger books while I wrote kids’ books.
The Assassin, the fifth book in the Black Irish series, just debuted. Is there a particular moment that you’d like to tell us about to tempt us?
In the first four books, we get to meet Sloan and Abbey and watch their relationship strengthen and grow as Sloan’s deep dark secrets are revealed and affect their relationship. But in The Assassin, Sloan witnesses the aircraft that Abbey is supposed to be on engulfed in flames. She’s dead…or is she?
Do you have any new projects in the works that you’d like to tease us with?
Along with the previously mentioned book The Heartbreaker, which is Book Two of The Hearts Of Braden Series, I am currently working on the six (and possibly last?) book of the Black Irish Series, Family Ties.
Would you like to share an excerpt?
Let’s have a taste of The Assassin!
“What are you doing here, lass?” he demanded, his brogue rough.
“You told me to inspect the foreign facilities. I’m inspecting.”
“The Gauntlet wasn’t on the list.”
“It still belongs to Sloan Enterprises.”
“This is a bad area of town. It’s too dangerous.”
“I can handle myself.”
Sloan quickly swallowed up the space between them. Abbey felt the hot brick against her back. “Really? You were no match for me.”
She squirmed to put distance between them again, with no luck. “You aren’t like normal men, Sloan.”
“Lately, you’ve become an expert on normal men,” he snarled.
Abbey glared at him as she huffed. “We’ve had our quickie. Now, if you’ll just help me find my undies and escort me to a cab, you can get back to your little secret mission.” She cocked an eyebrow at him. “I thought you were supposed to be in Afghanistan.”
Abbey shuddered as Sloan lowered his face to hers, his breath warming her skin. “First, your panties are in my pocket. You don’t want them back. They’re scraps now. Two, we are here to update the Powers That Be in the CIA on our mission.” He brushed his fingers across her cheek, causing a shiver through her entire body. “And finally, you aren’t going anywhere. I’m not finished with you.”
Abbey whimpered as Sloan parted her lips with a deep, wet kiss. She surrendered in his arms, clinging to him as his hands roamed her body. Whatever he wanted from her, she would give him willingly.
Sloan pulled away then grasped Abbey’s hand in his. Tucking her close to him, they wove through the crowds of tourists. She glanced around as they quickly rushed past the bright colors and groups of people. It only took minutes for them to reach the luxury hotel. Sloan didn’t stop his hurried pace until he was inside the vacant elevator with Abbey beside him.
Her body arched against him as his mouth roamed the curve of her neck. She tugged him close, mindlessly pleading for more. They spilled out of the elevator and stumbled down the hall to the penthouse, shedding clothes with each step they took. Sloan fumbled the keycard in the reader then shoved the door open.
In one quick motion, he scooped Abbey into his arms then plopped her onto the couch. Behind him, Abbey could see the corner of a large, luxurious bed in the bedroom. She moaned as Sloan undid his pants and let them slide down his legs, until they pooled at his ankles. She had a feeling it would be hours before she was in that bed. And it was going to be a long, hot, sleepless night.
Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations. Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices mixed martial arts, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children’s activities.
Spice it Up
New tricks? What does that have to do with romance?
A lot! After all, who doesn’t get tired of the same old thing day in and day out? Try a few new little tricks here and there to spice things up. You don’t need something new every day, unless you want to. Add in one or two new things a week and I think you’ll see a big difference in your love life! Here’s a few things to start you off.
- Write your lover a love letter or poem on a sheet of paper. Glue it to thin cardboard. Cut it up into puzzle-shaped pieces. Mail them all the pieces. Or, mail one puzzle piece each day.
- Unplug the TV. Put a note on the screen saying ‘Turn me on instead’.
- Write ‘I love you’ on the bathroom mirror with a piece of soap.
- Buy a lottery ticket. Give it to your lover with a note attached: “I hit the jackpot when I met you”
- Spread rose petals all over the bedroom
- Bring home a small unexpected gift each week. One of my friends has a ‘Happy Friday’, where they do this. Sometimes is a larger gift, but usually a small trinket, token, flowers, candy bar or other small item. It must work. They’re going on 40 years of togetherness.
- Write a love note or poem and place it under the driver’s side windshield wiper of their car.
They Said it Best
Love, and a cough, cannot be hid. ~George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. ~Author Unknown
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ~D.H. Lawrence
Feelings pass like clouds but love endures like the sky. ~Peter Roberts
Chrys N. Jay Books
ROSE: The rugged, muscular carpenter that came to fix Rose’s fence threatened to turn her world upside down. Once concerned only with keeping her struggling, independent animal afloat, she now finds herself distracted and thinking lustful thoughts about Johnnie. Their growing closeness sends him fleeing without a word. What will happen to Rose’s world now?
ALICE’S DESIRE: A sexy contractor soon has Alice flustered and in a tizzy. When her BFF and partner in their landscaping business, Lynn, makes her move for the man, Alice is torn. She’s using to stepping back and letting Lynn charm the guys. This time Alice doesn’t want to. Will the battle for Troy’s attention come between the two friends? Which one, if either, will end up in his arms? This short romance takes you to the worksite, where the handsome renovator aims to flip more than houses.