|Worth the Risk|
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: etopia press
Cover artist: Annie Melton
Length: novella, 26,491 words
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Even the hottest sex might not be enough to ease the pain of the past...
Blurb: Molly Simpson arrives at a beautiful provincial park, ready to spend the May Two-Four holiday camping with friends. This weekend is the highlight of her year--or it was, until Tanner Daivies showed up. Her high school crush is all grown up, sexy as sin, and he’s demanding answers--answers Molly isn’t sure she can give him. She had her reasons for leaving him all those years ago, but now, sex with Tanner is scorching, and when they’re together, it’s clear they were never meant to be apart. But the past doesn’t want to stay buried, and Molly isn’t sure reliving it is worth the risk...
Molly Simpson and Tanner Daivies are the two main characters in Worth the Risk. Both are in their early thirties. She is a magazine editor and he’s just bought a restaurant.
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It was really him. Curiosity got the better of her, and she glanced back over her shoulder. Memories assaulted her as he removed his six-foot-plus frame from the car to stand in the center of the welcome circle. Her friends were all talking at him, their voices filled with excitement. Judging by his glazed expression, their reaction left him a little overwhelmed.
Ten years. She rubbed her chest, thinking back to the invisible ache that had bothered her earlier on the drive here. She’d struggled the entire two hours to keep her focus on the road and not on painful memories from her past.
She flexed her fingers. Maybe the cause of her earlier distress was the fact that this year served as a milestone. Ten years since graduation, ten years since she last saw Tanner, and ten years since...fuck. When did she start counting? Molly searched the area for possible escape routes.
Colleen’s gentle shake brought her back to the moment. “Brad texted me earlier and said he took the afternoon off. He also said he was bringing a surprise with him. He’s been dating somebody new. I just assumed--”
“Um...yeah. I wouldn’t have expected Brad’s surprise to be Tanner either. It...ah...caught me off guard. That’s--” Oh, crap. “I just need a few minutes.”
“You’ve got no color in your face. I’m sure it will be OK. Awkward, yes, but probably fine.”
Molly’s heart palpitated. Colleen’s mouth moved, but the buzz in her ears drowned out the words. She swallowed hard. Air, she needed air.
“Besides, the others won’t let him cause a scene. You’re the one we’ve stayed close to over the years, not him. Our allegiance is to you, honey.”
Molly swung her gaze to where her childhood friends had gathered around the car, effectively pinning Tanner against it. Sam and Olivia, a couple since they were in diapers, were married now, and both glowed like beacons.
Violet, a transplant from Toronto when her parents divorced, hovered close, waiting for her turn to say hi.
Brad and Tanner had been best friends through grade school and high school. Brad had been pissed when Tanner left town without a word to anyone. Looked as though he got over it.
Molly had never told anybody why she and Tanner broke up. She’d stressed over it at the time, deflecting comments from friends about him disappearing days before graduation. She hated the thought of being subjected to the pity she’d see on their faces if they knew the truth. Everybody just assumed the breakup had been his doing. She never corrected them, just implied she’d agreed with his decision.
Colleen’s words began to cut through the insistent noise. Molly nodded. “Thank you. That means more to me than you know.” Unshed tears burned her eyes. She opened her mouth and sucked in a shaky breath, but at least she had oxygen in her lungs now. “You’re right. It will be...fine.” She gulped. “Why don’t you go over and say hi?”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. I’m going to wait here for a few more minutes.” She began calculating the odds of sneaking past her friends and making a quick getaway before any of them noticed. She made a mental note to back her car in next time.
“OK.” Colleen gave her a final squeeze and walked over to join the others.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Molly closed her eyes, wishing for a paper bag. A really big one. She so did not need this in her life right now.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I was bored at work one day and started writing a story. It grew from there. My only real concern was that I was hitting my mid-forties, and worried it was too late to start. When I realized I truly wanted to do it, I took many on-line classes, I joined RWA and some other networks and I started focusing on accomplishing my goal. Very few people knew what I was up to. Until I got that contract, I was tight-lipped about the whole adventure.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
The promo, and establishing myself as an author. It’s time consuming but necessary, and I’m currently struggling with finding the right balance. It’s not easy some days. But I’m committed to this, so, I’m doing what I have to do to get my name out there. Things like posting my book cover, doing guest blogs and interviews such as this to (hopefully) make people aware of who I am and what I’m writing about. I want to make this work, so I need to creating a solid foundation and following.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Worth the Risk is my first book and it’s a novella. Had I known when I started writing it what I know now, I’d probably make it a full length novel. I’ve had a few people tell they wanted more. But that’s a good thing right? J
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The satisfaction I get out of finishing the story. It’s awesome. If it doesn’t go anywhere, I still feel good about it.
And the people I get to meet, even if it is only online in many cases. I’ve met some fabulous authors, both new and already established. They are a very supportive network that I know I can count on to give me advice, celebrate my achievements and console me when I’m having a rough time. They understand those things my friends and family can’t.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would have two - Suzanne Brockmann and Lora Leigh. Besides the fact that they are two of my favourite authors, they have the blend of suspense and erotic romance that I like. They also have the contemporary and paranormal that I’m looking for. I would love to spend some time with these two ladies.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I work full time out of the house. I’m a Project Management Professional and have been in the industry for about 25 years. I’ve worked on projects in the nuclear, construction, engineering, IT, and facility management industries. Currently, I work for the Municipal Government as an internal consultant doing business and process reviews, and risk management.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
90% of the time I read romantic suspense and erotic romance. Most are contemporary but some paranormal as well. I lean towards shape shifter stories when I go that route. I do occasionally read some historical – 1800 era – usually the Wild West. Just not as often as I used to.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think the world of publishing is changing, leaning more towards electronic first and print second. Personally, my preference will always be a print copy, something I can hold in my hands and turn the pages. I love curling up on a cold rainy or wintery day with a hot drink and a good book.
But, I also realize that today, people like convenience and when you can down load onto your hand held device without leaving the comfort of your home? It’s faster, cheaper, easier. I also think the digital route is allowing more authors to realize their dreams sooner rather than later, without having to find agents to help them. I don’t think I would be published if it wasn’t for this shift in the way things are happening. Certainly not yet.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
That’s a tough question. The day I married my husband and the birth of each of my three children are certainly up there, and I wouldn’t be able to choose one over the others. So, I’ll go with ... the day I got the email that etopia press wanted to publish this story. Why? Because it’s my very first, and I’ve only been working at this seriously for a relatively short time. Realizing that I actually accomplished what I set out to do, at this point in my life, has made me extremely proud of myself. Not only that, it made my husband very proud of me too. J
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?
Hedo in Negril Jamaica. I won’t need any clothes so my packing is light. Well, a wrap and maybe a short dress and my makeup for when I have to go to dinner. LOL.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I’m like a little kid. All the presents, the food, the lights and decorations. I’m very traditional and I’m a quantity gal. I don’t like putting anything under the tree until everyone has gone to sleep because I like the surprise of the moment in the morning. And I absolutely love sitting in a darkened house, looking at a lit tree, surrounded by wrapped gifts. It’s super quiet, very pretty, and it always makes me think of my childhood. That’s the best.
What good book have you read recently?
Double Time by Olivia Cunning. Hot Ticket is next.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I read one of my many, many, many books.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with tomatoes and pepperoni.
I'm always ready for shoe shopping.
When I'm alone, I’m happy.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m really, really shy.
If I had a halo it would be not on my head. I can’t stand things on my head.
If I could quit my day job I'd stay home and write full time.
I can never do that because my kids like to eat.
Books Coming Soon
I’m working on a couple of series that I hope to have contracted before the end of the year. One is a paranormal romantic suspense and the other is contemporary erotic romance. Both would have a high heat level.
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