December 2, 2012

Character Interview: New Year's Eve Club #amreading

A Real Man.

Jackie Leigh Allen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, A Real Man, Book Two of the New Year’s Eve Club.
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 32,800
Heat rating: moderate
Tagline: Five women. One night. One year to get it right.
Blurb: Can a young widow trust her happiness to her former high school sweetheart?
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Melissa Martin Hall, approaching 30 years old, returned to graduate school after the death of her husband.
Matt Conroy, over 30 years old, EMT.


A crash resounded; Melissa's chest hit the steering wheel, the air bag deployed with a bang then black silence.
A moment later, or so it seemed, a siren howled in the night. She opened her eyes and lifted her head.
Her neck ached, her head pounded, slivers of steel pierced her eyes. A rap on her window. A man in uniform crouched beside her window for an instant then opened the door.
"Can you hear me?" a deep voice asked. A voice that twanged a chord inside her despite her various aches and pains.
Good. She pleased the sensuous voice. Good.
"I'm going to touch you."
Yes. Please.
Warm fingers smoothed over her forehead, down her cheeks, behind the base of her skull.
"Does any of this hurt?"
His touch? No! Oh, he meant her head.
"My head. My neck. My eyes. All of them."
"Anywhere else?" His long fingers moved over her shoulders, along her arms, around her hips and down her legs.
"Feels good." Damn. She'd said that out loud.
"I'd better check your head again."
He pulled off her ski hat and gasped. "Melissa Martin?"
The question in his suddenly familiar voice blasted her eyelids up. In the dim light she saw a man with a dark beard around a sensual mouth. Her gaze moved up past a scar on his cheek to dark, concerned eyes then back to the scar she'd kissed a hundred times a lifetime ago. "Matt Conroy?"
New Year's Eve Club

Interview with Melissa Martin Hall

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I'm a good student, a good friend and I was a good wife. Now I'm ready to have a little fun.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I'm flexible, but you know the trouble with that is you can get into some very awkward positions.
Do you have a weakness?
Sure. I try to keep from making waves. Matt's trying to get me to kick up some surf.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I took the easy path, but now I'm looking for a little danger. I'm tired of being the "good girl."
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and wine and Matt.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
I used to wish I were back in college before I made a bad decision, but right now I'm having so much fun I want to be the age I am.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Learning to Love Life
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Well, I live in La Jolla, California and I can't imagine anyplace better.
What song would best describe your life?
The Boy is Mine
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I used to think, fix things, but now I’d say I’m a conduit to happiness.
New Year's Eve Club Authors
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Sexy lingerie.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Getting the right answer first.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do.
Well, this is embarrassing at its most fundamental level - I was such a pleaser that I did what my now deceased husband wanted until I lost myself. One of the first things I did when we split up was to cut my hair. At first it felt like a rebellion, but it was a step on the way to get me back to myself. My real self.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Now - Too hot to handle.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with anchovies.
I'm always ready for love.
When I'm alone, I sing and dance to the radio.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m fragile.
If I had a halo it would be red and sparkly.
If I could surf I'd do it every day
I can never quit learning because there's always something new I wonder about.

About the Author

I have been writing forever it seems. As an only child I had many imaginary playmates and wrote stories where, of course, I was the heroine. When I discovered boys, the stories got more interesting.
After nursing school I went to the University of Illinois where I met my husband. After we moved to Southern California, we raised three children and I enjoyed being a school nurse.
Now I love to write about heroines and heroes who overcome problems and find a happy ending. If a little murder and mayhem get it the way, that’s life. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, traveling, and playing with my grandson.

Previous Books

Win’s War, Nina’s Niche, Carol’s Choice, Sherry’s Success, An Officer and a Gigolo, First Impressions
Jackie Leigh Allen

Books Coming Soon

A Real Man, Book Two in the New Year’s Eve Club series

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  1. Welcome, Jackie! We have the same last name. Since my father-in-law changed his from a rather long and difficult to pronounce foreign name, I know we're not related. ;) But it's still nice to have a fellow Allen drop by.

  2. Melissa sounds like a girlfriend I could have lots of fun with.
    And I wish her every happiness with Matt. But, really, I don't think she's going to need it.


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