July 22, 2013

Contemporary: There Goes the Groom @JanaRichards_ #RLFblog

There Goes the Groom
Jana Richards, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, There Goes the Groom.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Uncial Press
Cover artist: Judith B. Glad
Length: 52,500 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: Tony is given a second chance when fate throws him back together with Olivia, the woman he left at the altar eight years ago.
Eight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar. He was sure she didn't really want to marry him. Now he's back, and they're forced to work together.
Coming home isn't easy for Tony, because his father wanted him to work at a trade instead of going off to college. Their relationship is still unsteady. Even before Tony's return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe and reliable. The last thing she wants is a loveless, faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.
When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her like he did before?
If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Tony DiPietro is a thirty-one year old archeologist. He specializes in studying the artifacts and cultures of the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. Aside from his work in the field, he is a visiting professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
Olivia Taylor is twenty-eight years old and is the Director of Public Relations for the National Museum of Canada in Ottawa.


Jean-Guy made an elegant little bow. Tony eyed him suspiciously, wondering if he was flirting with Liv.
The handyman reached for Liv's hand. "Bien sûr, mademoiselle. I am here to serve you."
Damn it, he was flirting with Liv!
"That's fine, Jean-Guy. We won't need to bother you further. If you leave the traps with us, I'll make sure the mice are taken care of." He stepped between the French Lothario handyman and Liv. Jean-Guy raised his eyebrows.
"Of course, Monsieur. While Mademoiselle Taylor's fiancé is away, her friends need to…look after her."
Tony stood firm. "Yes, they do. I wouldn't like to see anyone take advantage of her."
"No, of course not. Monsieur Stuart would not like that," he said, with a knowing grin.
Tony curled his lips in the semblance of a smile. "We'll take it from here, Jean-Guy. Thanks for the loan of the traps."
"Wait a minute," Liv said, looking from one to the other. "Jean-Guy—"
He made a little bow. "You are very welcome, Monsieur. Good luck, Mademoiselle." He slipped out the door.
Liv folded her arms across her chest. "What the hell were you thinking? Jean-Guy is the maintenance man. He's paid to look after disasters like this. I can't bear to deal with mice." She shuddered.
"You won't have to. I'll look after everything."
"You never asked me if I wanted you to look after anything. You just pushed your way in."
"Yeah, I guess I did."
"Did it ever occur to you that maybe I don't want you to look after me? Maybe I don't want you around at all."
Tony's temper flared. "Maybe if your fiancé was around I wouldn't have to. It was obvious to me that Jean-Guy was flirting with you. What do you know about him anyway?"
Liv rolled her eyes. "Jean-Guy? Don't be ridiculous."
"Don't be so bloody naïve!" Now he was really angry. "I can't believe your fiancé would leave you at the mercy of men like him. What's this I hear about Stuart staying in Moncton?"
Liv turned and walked into the living room. "He has an amazing job opportunity there. Besides, his father still isn't well."
Tony followed her. "Is this what you want, Liv? A long distance relationship with you and your husband thousands of miles apart?"
"Lots of couples do it," she said, not looking at him.
He tipped up her chin, forcing her to look at him. "But is that what you want?"
For a second Tony saw a glimpse of vulnerability on her face which she quickly masked with a show of steely determination.
"I don't have to defend my relationship with Stuart to you or anyone else. It's none of your business."
Tony dropped his hand from her chin. She was right. Her relationship with Stuart was none of his business. He should keep his nose out of it, no matter how big a mistake he thought she was making.
He headed towards the door. "I'll be back first thing in the morning to check the traps."
"You'd better be," she called after him. "Now that you've told Jean-Guy to get lost, I'm going to expect you to be on mouse patrol."
"I'll be here."
As he left Liv's condo Tony wondered if he'd made a mistake in getting more involved in Liv's life, or if his truly big error was not talking her out of the mistake he believed she was making in marrying Stuart.


How did you get your start in the industry?
You might say I had rather a slow start. For several years, I wrote and submitted stories to print publishers like Harlequin and Silhouette, and received enough rejection letters to paper my walls. I know now I got those rejection letters because my writing wasn't ready, but that didn't make it any less painful. I was on the verge of quitting writing when a friend urged me to submit to her publisher, www.uncialpress.com. I sent "Her Best Man" to Uncial Press and was thrilled and amazed when it was accepted. Publishing with them gave me the confidence boost I needed to keep writing and to continue submitting. I currently have ten works of romance published or under contract with three different epublishers.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Her Best Man
My first published book, "Her Best Man", was always meant to be the first in a series that I called my "Left at the Altar" series. If I could change anything about this book, it would be that I wouldn't wait six years before finishing and publishing the second book in the series! When I wrote the second book, I submitted it for critique to a published writer who was visiting my writing group. Her vision for the book totally differed from mine, but since she was multi-published, I figured she must know what she was talking about. Using her suggestions, I re-wrote the book, but I didn't like the result, so I left it languishing on my harddrive while I worked on other projects. I finally took a second look at the book in 2012, and in the middle of trying to re-write the book yet again, I had an epiphany. The revision I was trying to do, based on the published writer's suggestion, was ripping the beating heart of out this story. This was my book, no one else's. So I went back to my original concept, and I'm glad I did. I'm definitely not against critiques and critique groups, but I learned that I have to be true to the story I want to write.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Creating characters, I think. I love creating real people with real problems, and I love putting their personalities together, one layer at a time. And since I'm a romance writer, I enjoy showing them that love can make their lives better and happier.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
I would tell my younger writer self that it's okay to fail. All those rejection letters served as a wonderful apprenticeship. It's how I learned my craft.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Sort of. I think a little bit of every writer ends up in their work. Sometimes, especially when I'm creating a secondary character, I'll find myself giving them the characteristics or quirks of people I've met. Stories I've heard also end up in my work. Years ago, someone I worked with told me a story that he'd heard from a friend who attended a very unusual wedding. When the bride arrived at the altar, the groom turned to the congregation and said there would be no wedding, and if they looked under their seats and opened the envelopes taped there, they'd understand why. The envelopes had pictures of the bride and the best man in bed together. I still don't know if that story was true, but I've wanted to use it in a book for years. I finally got my chance in "There Goes the Groom"!
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Over the last several years I've worked as an office administrator/bookkeeper. I've been lucky enough to work part-time for many years, which gave me time to look after my children when they were young, as well as to write. I'm hoping that within the next couple of years I can fully retire from my day job and concentrate exclusively on writing.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I would recommend "Her Best Man" because it's light and funny and has wonderful, quirky characters. It's also the first in a three book series, so hopefully if the reader enjoyed "Her Best Man", she'd go on to read "There Goes the Groom", and then "Always a Bridesmaid", to be released January 17, 2014 by Uncial Press.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a lot of research books when I'm not writing, especially history relating World War Two. I have a special interest in the era, and have written two books with WW2 as the background. I hope to write several more, hence the research.
For fun, I'll read all kinds of romance, mystery or suspense novels, with the occasional literary novel thrown in for something completely different.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
On a person level, I've had many proud moments—marrying my husband, the births of my two daughters, watching them graduate from high school, and then university. As a writer, my proudest moment so far was when my editor, Jude Glad of Uncial Press, told me I was a 'real writer' for going the extra mile with my edits on my first book.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love putting up the tree, baking cookies, and shopping for presents. But mostly I love getting together with family.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I distinctly remember this. My husband's office was concerned there might be problems with Y2K, so he had to be close to the office that night in case something went wrong. His employer put us up at a hotel about a block from the office. He stayed at work most of the night, while my daughter (then twelve) and I watched movies before checking out the New Year's Eve fireworks from our hotel window.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
When I'm bored I can usually lose myself in a good book. If that doesn't work, I'll read blogs, go to a movie, or phone someone. If all else fails, I'll resort to exercise, but only as a last resort. I'm kidding, sort of.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Interesting question. I don't consider myself a bright red, out-in-the-front, extroverted kind of person, but I hope I'm not a dull grey person either. I think I'm a soft buttery yellow. I'm bright and warm, but not in your face. I'm a color you can live with for a long time, but I don't fade into the background.

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."
Actually, I think I'm somewhere in-between these two extremes. My husband would never say I was laid back (grin). I used to be a terrible procrastinator, and I still struggle with it to some extent, but nowadays, having writing deadlines scares me silly. I'm terrified I'll miss a deadline. So I work hard to get things done on time, or usually, before my deadline.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with everything on it.
I'm always ready for chocolate.
When I'm alone, I enjoy the quiet.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm very shy.
If I had a halo it would be dusty, like my house.
If I could lose weight I'd be thrilled.
I can never fall asleep on a plane because I'm an insomniac.
Jana Richards

Previous Books

Her Best Man
A Long Way from Eden
Seeing Things
Home Fires
The Girl Most Likely
Burning Love
Books Coming Soon
First and Again
Always a Bridesmaid


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  1. Great interview, Kayelle & Jana! I loved the excerpt and the concept of this book. I've got my copy of There Goes the Groom and I can't wait to read it.

    1. Thanks for popping in, Reese. :)


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