|The Saint's Devilish Deal|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length (words): 52,000 words
Heat rating: R
Tagline: Sometimes the thing you least want is the person you most need.
Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance's villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of hotellier jobs, she's coming home to run the villa.
Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance leaves him with a joint interest in the villa - along with her niece Esmerelda.
Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother - especially as the Cruz family has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall - all over again.
What are your main characters' names, ages and occupations?
Santiago (Saint) and Esmerelda (Esme), ages 29 and 26. Saint is an ex-surfer, Esme is a bed and breakfast manager.
How did you get your start in the industry?
The Saint's Devilish Deal is my second book, so I kind of feel like I'm still getting my start. I've been telling stories for as long as I can remember, and it's an amazing rush to know that I can share my stories with people I've never even met.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Scheduling. I know, not a sexy answer. Before I was published I could write for me, as it fit into my schedule. Now I have deadlines set by other people so it's important that I turn everything off except the writing from time to time.
What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook and Twitter are my writers-crack. I'm totally addicted. I spend the bulk of my time 'talking' to fictional characters or dealing with toddler drama…so checking in with real people is heaven. Plus there are usually pictures of shirtless men to be found.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
It would totally be Nora Roberts. She is amazeballs. I have no idea how she writes all the books that she does, how she meets her deadlines, and she has a full family life, her family has the Inn. I'd take massive notes, wear out my highlighter and probably she'd toss me out of her office on my bum in about five minutes … but those 5 minutes would be excellent.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
That I can do this writing thing. I was under the assumption (for a lot of years) that you had to have had This Life to be a 'real writer' – and since I've lived in smallish towns my whole life I was quite certain I didn't have This Life. Now I realize I did all along.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
The funny stuff, yeah. And we have a lot of goofy things happen to us. I do change the names to protect the innocent, though.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I've been a counter-girl at McDonalds, a radio DJ (still am), a TV reporter, a freelance journalist, a babysitter, a mom (still am and it’s the hardest job I've ever had), a retail girl…the list goes one, but we'll stop there.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
The Saint's Devilish Deal – I just love this book. I like that the characters are a little outside the box, I like that there is family drama and illness involved. I just love the book.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a LOT of romance, across all sub-genres..and I love John Grisham. He's great for getting my mind off my own books.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think publishing in general is in a state of change and I think it's a good change. Epublishing is a great way for readers to find new authors, try out new genres and find a renewed love of reading without breaking the bank. Some of the most innovative books I've read have been from e-pubbed writers, and I can't wait to get back to my Kindle and find some more.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
I should say graduating college or publishing my first book…but my proudest moment is the day we finalized the adoption of our daughter. My husband and I expected a long, drawn-out day, and it was the fastest 5 minutes of our lives. But I'm so happy that we stuck out the adoption road. I wouldn't change our family for the world.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
bathing suits, sunscreen, my husband & daughter and we're totally hitting a sunny, warm beach with some waves.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I was standing in a ballroom in North Platte, Nebraska with my camera equipment getting ready for a special report for the nightly news. I was so tired and all I wanted to do was kick off my heels and have an adult beverage, but instead I got to scream into a microphone with no idea what the anchors back at the station were saying to me.
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
This is so me. I make my family crazy because it takes a LOT to get me overly freaked out. Once I'm freaked, though, there is no coming back.
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with Canadian bacon.
I'm always ready for vacation.
When I'm alone, I read
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm usually daydreaming.
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could fly I'd never come down from the clouds.
I can never leave a fortune cookie unopened because I have to know what's inside.
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