May 5, 2013

Contemporary: The Best Man | Interview @ana_blaze #RLFblog

The Best Man 

Ana Blaze, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Best Man.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: novella
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: Has this wedding planner met her match?
Beth Chase is too busy planning perfect weddings to worry about the lack of action in her own love life. But if she was looking for a man, she wouldn't be looking at Colin Pratt. Her boss swears that Best Man Colin is a quiet scholar and science fiction writer who couldn't possibly cause a fuss at his own brother's wedding. He's clearly never met the man in question.
Snarky, sexy and more than a little inebriated, Colin is the final obstacle between Beth and the last perfect wedding she needs to make partner. Of course, when she helps him into a taxi at the end of the night she has no idea that he's only just begun to poke holes in her professional exterior. Colin might have the skills to seduce a romance professional, but can he convince her that he's the best man to share her happy ever after?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Beth Chase is a wedding planner in her late twenties.
Colin Pratt is a literature professor and writer. He is thirty years old.


The Best Man
by Ana Blaze
Colin followed her, snatched her hand and spun her around so her back was pressed against the wall near her bedroom door. He kissed her again, one of his magic kisses that left her weak in the knees and nearly distracted from the matter at hand.
"You can't just get all sexy every time I disagree with you."
His teeth teased her earlobe. "Quite right," he murmured.
"I'm trying to have a serious conversation here."
"We're amazing together. Tell me you don't feel it too?"
"Of course I feel something, but it can't be love."
"Why not?"
"It takes more than a couple days to know if you're compatible enough to share your life with someone."
Colin touched her temple. "You're talking about something that comes from here instead of the thing that comes from here." He placed his hand over her heart.
"Yeah, well I'm pretty sure the body part you're thinking with is a bit lower."
Shaking his head, he pulled her hand up and placed it on his chest. "You're under my skin, Beth. There isn't a part of me that doesn't want you." He brushed her hair off her forehead.
"You took a pretty hard hit to the head the other day."
"It started before that. You floored me the moment we met."
"You're claiming love at first sight?"
"Is it so hard to believe?' Colin skimmed her bottom lip with his thumb. "You have a stack of videos in the other room that tell me you want to believe in happily ever after. Take the chance."
"Those are fantasies, pretty stories about pretty people. I like them, but I don't think they're real."
His hands kept moving; they slid up her neck, down her arms. They tugged her shirt out of her skirt and caressed the small of her back. "Want to know what I think? I think you liked me from the start. I think you felt this connection too, right away. You tried to act all proper but you couldn't wait to get your hands on me."
She laughed. "I thought you were a pain in the ass."
"You mean you couldn't stop looking at my arse, saucy girl."


What websites do you visit daily?
I'm really trying to stay on top of all my author-related social media. I'm really excited to talk with readers and meeting fellow writers has been a blast. Aside from that, I check the weather at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site and have a BBC America New App on my phone.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
You know how you always think of the perfect thing to say after it is too late to be useful? Writing is the solution.
Seriously though, I love being able to find just the right words for my characters to say. I love that they get the chance to be wittier than I ever can be.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Jane Espenson. She's a television writer and she is brilliant.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely. But I'm not allowed to say which parts. ;)
Mr Right
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I'm a teacher. I've taught Pre-K, fifth grade and tons of science and environmental camps. I've also been a shopgirl, a waitress, a research assistant, supervised storage units, worked the counter at Dunkin Donuts, cleaned at a construction site and led bird watching canoe tours.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a lot of Urban Fantasy and YA in addition to romance. In general though, I just love books. If a friend recommends it, I'll give it a read.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think e-books are only going to become more popular, though I do hope that physical books don't disappear entirely, and the rise of e-books is a big opportunity for smaller publishers. I hope it means we get a wider variety of books, because the smaller publishers are a bit more open-minded.
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?
I always find limiting the number of shoes I bring the most difficult part of packing and it would undoubtedly be this time too. But I'd settle upon a single pair each of boots, flats and heels. (It's still too cold for sandals.) Then I'd toss in some jeans, tees, a couple of dresses, make-up, my kindle and a phone charger. Finally, I'd grab my husband and be off to London and Wales.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I love giving presents, love the choosing of them and the wrapping, so I suppose I like Christmas best of all. But Halloween is a close second. Costumes and candy, what's not to love?
What good book have you read recently?
I cannot stop talking about Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I loved it. Mr. Marion is my newest author crush.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
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 mushrooms, lots of mushrooms.
I'm always ready for a cuddle with my husband.
When I'm alone, I talk to my cats. They don't really answer…yet.
You'd never be able to tell, but I used to have purple hair.
If I had a halo it would be tucked away in a box with my high school yearbooks.
If I could be a student forever I'd blissfully earn a dozen degrees. I love school.
I can never resist a good book because they are better than chocolate and still calorie-free.

Previous Books

The Best Man is my first novella.

Books Coming Soon

I recently signed with Entranced Publishing for another romantic novella, A Late Thaw. It's set in Vermont, a place very close to my heart and is a second chance at love story for a sweet couple.

Ana Blaze

About the Author

Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, IKEA, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi. Thank you so much for having me and The Best Man on your site. :)


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