|You Can't Plan Love|
Synithia, welcome to Romance Lives Forever.
Let’s talk about your new book. Tell us about You Can’t Plan Love.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 78,000 words
Heat rating: R
Buy link: Coming soon http://is.gd/Mwc3Qd
Tagline: Love doesn’t always go according to plan.
After several bad relationships, Kenyatta Copeland decides to control her love life with the same discernment she uses in her professional life.
Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a stable life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look. After Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks … but also its costs. When Brad suspects there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he works harder to keep Kenyatta by his side. Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad isn’t as perfect as he seems, and by the time Kenyatta realizes this it may be too late.
What are your main characters' names?
They both work for H20 Environmental-An environmental consulting firm with offices throughout the Southeast United State.
Kenyatta scoffed. “Sure. Well it sounds like you’re spending way too much time paying attention to me and my relationship.”
“Why not pay attention to it? I think it’s fascinating to watch a smart, beautiful woman try and convince herself she’s in love with a man who doesn’t even arouse her.”
Her brown eyes widened, sparking fire. She had never looked so damn tempting. He took a step toward her, but she was too angry to notice. She pointed her finger at his chest again and tried to push him back.
“You have no idea what you’re talking about. Brad does arouse me.”
“How can you begin to make interpretations about our sex life?”
“You never have the look of a woman who’s had a great night of sex.”
She laughed caustically. “Really, that’s your answer? Unlike the chicks you bring through here, I don’t need to put on a show for the world to see that I’m having sex. I’m not going to walk around in yesterday’s clothes with my hair flying all over my head just to prove a point.”
“It’s not about putting on a show; it’s about the look in your eyes when you talk about him or see him. You don’t look at him as if he knows all your secrets and all the ways to turn you on.”
“For your information, Brad knows...enough about me to keep me happy.”
“That’s not the same as arousing you.”
“There’s more to a relationship than arousal. What we had—have is built on more than that.”
He rolled his eyes. “Yeah, patience and understanding.”
She nodded. “Yes, and for your information, he does arouse me. He’s the best...I’ve ever...had.”
“That’s such a lie you can’t even say it with a straight face.”
“And how would you know?”
He stepped closer and lowered his voice. “Because I arouse you every day and you try to pretend like I don’t. I’m not a fool, Kenyatta. I can tell when a woman wants me.”
Anger flared in her eyes, and her cocoa skin flushed with emotion. “You conceited bastard! You think that every woman in the world is ready to fall at your feet. You’re the epitome of what I don’t want in a man. Cocky, chauvinistic, and convinced he’s God’s gift to women.”
“Not women, Kenyatta, just you.” He pulled her into his arms. Before she could utter another word, his mouth crushed down on hers. She stood against him motionless for a second before responding to his kiss.
Malcolm’s original intention was to prove his point. He knew she was attracted to
him, and her accusation of his conceit hit a nerve. But as soon as she melted in his arms, he forgot his reason for kissing her and got lost in the feel of her soft lips against his. He’d never wanted a woman as badly as he wanted her. Malcolm squeezed her butt, pressing her against him so she could feel how she affected him.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I am a newbie to the publishing industry. I’ve written for years, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I decided to pursue publishing. I made a goal to finish one of the many novels I started by the end of 2010, and then made another goal in 2011 to revise and perfect my novel. The goal for 2012 was to query and see what type of feedback I got. I still can’t believe my dream came true relatively quickly.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I continue to research ways to improve my writing. I’ve joined Romance Writers of America and have plans to start attending my first writing conferences this year. I’ve purchased several books on character development, plotting and even writing steamier sex scenes. It’s important to me to get more books out there that are even better than my first one.
What websites do you visit daily?
Outside of Facebook and Twitter, I regularly visit my publisher’s site http://crimsonromance.com, PubRants and The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.
What do you enjoy most about life?
That wonderful--yet fleeting--moment when my boys are being sweet and my husband and I look at each other and smile.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Take some creative writing classes while in undergrad. My major was biology, so I took some fun electives (sociology of sex, history of jazz, and public speaking for example) but I didn’t take a creative writing course.
What does "balance" mean to you as a writer?
Balancing my day job, family and writing. When I made up my mind to try and publish my first novel I thought the hardest part would be finding time to write. Luckily, that wasn’t hard to do. My kids go to bed at 8:00 every night, except on weekends. So it was easy to wait until they went to bed then write after 9. But, when you add in the social media aspect, it can impact your life throughout the day. The need to check Facebook, Twitter and your blog. If I push that to 9 p.m. then I’m not writing until 10 or 11. I’m still learning to balance this so at the moment I refuse to sign up for Tribbr, Pintrest or Google +.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Ha! That’s a loaded question! Indirectly, yes things my family or friends do ends up in a book. Conversations I’ve had may spark an idea, or interests of people I know may become interests of my characters.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
My day job is the Environmental Coordinator for my county. Although working in public service has its difficult days, I really enjoy my job. I help develop air quality programs and water quality regulations that have a direct impact on the quality of life where I live. When the bureaucracy gets me down, I get to do fun projects with other “greenies” that promote green business practices and personal sustainable behavior change. In 2010 our areas largest paper listed me as one of the areas Green Queens, and although the title means every time someone throws away a plastic bottle their calling my name, I love the fact that my efforts are appreciated.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I only have one book right now, so of course I recommend it. If someone hasn’t read a romance within the last ten years then I would say give this book a try. Romances aren’t full of weak damsels in distress waiting on a strong man to save them. That idea makes me want to gag. I wrote about the struggle for a professional woman who’s been hurt in the past trying to pick a man based on reason instead of romance. Kenyatta is also struggling between choosing her career over the wishes of the man she thinks is perfect for her. These are real decisions that women face daily that I think many can relate to.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read romance. Historicals are my favorite, but after decided to pursue publishing I started reading more contemporary romances. Everyone once and awhile I’ll try something outside of the genre if it’s recommended. But if I need to just relax and waste an afternoon, I’ll pick up a romance.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think it’s here to stay. I was one of those people who once refused to buy an e-reader because I loved “real” books, bookstores, and libraries. I still do, but I also love the convenience of e-books. For others like me who’ve embraced ebooks and the convenience they provide, I can’t see epublishing as a fad that will go away. Just like we evolved from VCRs, to DVD players to Netflix I think it’ll be the same with books. The only difference is that some books will still be worth having in a hard copy on a shelf.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, because you have all of the eating and family togetherness of Christmas without the hassle of buying gifts.
What good book have you read recently?
Two, the Rebound Guy by Farrah Rochon and Temptation Rising by A.C. Arthur.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Angela Bassett, because I love her.
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
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I love pizza with artichoke hearts and mushrooms.
I'm always ready for a get together with friends involving wine.
When I'm alone, I read and watch television all day long.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m shy. It’s difficult for me to come up with “small talk,” but I’ve had to learn because I do a lot of networking in my day job. Now I just ask a bunch of questions and try to get people to talk about themselves.
If I had a halo it would be bronze, dented, and tarnished.
If I could only win the lottery I'd have vacation houses in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and London.
I can never skydive because I’m afraid of heights and just thinking about it makes my palms sweat.
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You Can’t Plan Love from Crimson Romance
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