Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter. She knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own.
As a fireman, Matt Riley was at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and depression after the accident.
The last year has been difficult for both Gracelyn and Matt. They’ve relied on each other to get through the tough times. With the anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt once again turn to each other for comfort and support. They find it in each other’s arms (and bed). Will their desire for each other consume them? Can they overcome the guilt and scrutiny to find love again…together?
Welcome to In A Dream Beyond and TnT Confidential Jessica! I have to ask the question: When did you start writing and why?
Since I was able to put letters together to form words and words together to form sentences, I have been writing. I’ve just always had an imagination and enjoyed putting it to paper. My early stories were adventurous kids’ tales. But as I got older, romance seemed to permeate its way into my stories. And now, here I am writing erotic romance tales and loving it! J
What’s your favorite part of the writing process? And your least favorite?
I love watching the characters come to life. They live in my head for weeks and months… some even years… so to watch them develop and interact as I write is amazing. I can honestly say that I’ve had story plots in my head from time to time, but the characters never seem to mind putting me in my place! They dictate the story they want told and quite frankly it’s an enjoyable ride.
My least favorite part of the writing process are those days where I feel stuck! I just can’t seem to get anything good down. It can be frustrating. Initially, when I first started to take writing seriously (and not just hobby), I would get upset that I was not producing quality every day. But then I realized it’s just the process and those “worthless” days are actually worthwhile… but it doesn’t make going through them any easier.
What was the inspiration for your upcoming release?
The book I’m promoting right now is entitled, In Flames. It’s been out since the end of April. It’s a story about two individuals that experience the loss of a loved one and their shared grief turns into something more. The story started out with a scene. Two people that could not be together for some reasons, yet they found it difficult to stay away from each other. As Gracelyn and Matt started to develop, I found the idea that Gracelyn had been married to Matt’s brother before he passed away to be a real obstacle to their love. So, I rolled with that storyline. There is no lack of emotion in In Flames.
In three to five words, why will we fall in love with the main characters of this novel?
Emotions. Love. Drama. Sexy! Firefighter! (And you can combine the last two words too!)
What are you currently working on?
I started a series for Evernight Publishing’s Romance on the Go line. The series is entitled Taking Advantage. It will be three books, each dealing with one of three guys that sits as a member of the board of directors for Advantage Insurance Company. The first is called Board Stiff. Here’s the blurb for Board Stiff – anticipated release July:
John Dorsey’s life is good. He is the owner of Dorsey Construction. He’s the youngest person on the board of directors for Advantage Insurance Company. He lives on the beach. And he knows he can have any woman he wants. John’s got the world at his fingertips… except he’s yet to find a woman that stimulates both his body and mind.
Elizabeth Wright worked hard in a large Tampa law firm making a name for herself, but it came at the expense of her personal life. When Advantage Insurance Company offers her a job as corporate counsel, Elizabeth cannot turn it down. The thought that she can have a successful legal career and a life excites and intimidates her.
But when their worlds collide one day in the Advantage board room, neither Elizabeth nor John knows what’s hit them. All they know is they can’t stay away from each other.
Now, let’s get a little dirty! Tell me…
Favorite time of day - Sunset at the beach
Coffee or Tea – Coffee in the morning – Tea at night!
Sweet or spicy – Depends on the mood. I enjoy both immensely.
Left or right - Right
Top or bottom - Hmmm… If we are talking about what I think we are talking about, I don’t really have a preference. I go with what strikes me at the moment! ;) Sometimes neither of those apply! ;)
Best song to make love to – Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me – Quite honestly anything by Dave Matthews works. He’s got a sexy voice and his music is sensual.
The most memorable place you’ve visited – I’m a traveler at heart and I’ve been a ton of places. But my favorite country to visit thus far was Italy. How can you beat romance, great food, and amazing wine?
A place you’d love to travel to – Ireland and England – they are next on the list.
A personal anecdote…
If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies!
About the Author:
I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head!
In the journey of life, I also became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure. But the love of writing has never died.
My favorites: I love to read and write... obviously! But I also enjoy all sports, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! Go Steelers! Go Rays! I LOVE to travel... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. I love to drink Teavana teas! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a member of that! I love hanging out with my family and my friends! Big fan of music, but love nothing better than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw belt it out! I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!
Favorite quote: “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.”