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Kissing Bandits Welcomes Jessica Calla #interview #newadult

The Interview: Jessica Calla

KB Full Disclosure: I first ran across Jessica Calla by chance. She had entered a contest I was judging. I don’t see names or anything, but I fell in love with She Laughs in Pink, and it stuck with me. I was happy to see it in print (or digital.)

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

JC: Thank you for having me!

I’m Jess. I’m born, raised, and currently live in New Jersey. I spend my days working as a lawyer and my nights writing romance and women’s fiction. I have two sons, a husband, a dog, and a beat up old minivan without air conditioning. My favorite famous people are The Rock, Beyonce, and Eddie Vedder. If the three of them were to read this interview, I think The Rock would be the most likely to buy me a new car with working air. I’m addicted to caffeine and sugar, hugs from my kids, Twitter (@jess_calla!), and romance novels.

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

SLIP_eBOOKJC: My most recent release SHE LAUGHS IN PINK, is the first in the Sheridan Hall new adult romance series. It centers around freshmen Juliet and Chase, who meet in the dorm on move-in day at the fictional New Jersey University. Juliet followed her best friend and crush from home, Ben, to NJU in an attempt to make him love her. But then she meets Ben’s roommate Chase, an artist and city boy on scholarship, and quickly figures out that he’s kind of awesome, too. Lots of other stuff happens–friendships are made, people are lost, past issues re-emerge, love (and sex) happens. I think SHE LAUGHS… has all of the elements that make new adult such a great genre, and I’m really proud of it.

KB: Tell us about your first kiss.

JC: My first kiss happened in sixth grade at a sleepover. Here’s the scenario: One of my friends had a finished basement and really liberal parents who let the boys come hang out until midnight. While us girls had them there, we organized a game of “spin the bottle.” Except we, being twelve-year-olds, had no bottle. We used a toothbrush holder instead and played “spin the toothbrush.” My first spin landed on Mark. I was fine with Mark. He had freckles and cool hair. With all of our friends watching, Mark and I leaned over the toothbrush holder and our lips met in the middle of the circle. His were cold and softer than I’d imagined boys lips could be. I can still remember exactly how they felt. I decided kissing was gross, and didn’t do it again until high school.

KB: Share an excerpt of a first kiss in one of your novels.

JC: This is from THE LOVE SQUARE:

The Love Square front cover“Are you going to kiss me?” Her tone didn’t reveal whether or not she wanted him to. She was simply asking. 

They watched each other until Alex leaned closer to Jenna’s face and traced her lips with his thumb. This time, no plane flew overhead and no memories or fears entered his mind to stop him. He carefully brushed his lips against hers and moved away.

She reacted, wiggling closer to him, and he touched her chin and tilted her face to his. When her lips turned up into a grin, he kissed her full-on, as softly as he could manage.

It took every ounce of self-control to resist moving his hands down her body to pull her closer. But while his body was on high alert, her gentle kiss, like her friendship, calmed him in that way Jenna always did. With her, he had a purpose and someone to share his life. He had a family. He was an adult with dreams and goals instead of the hyped-up, crazy kid he often felt like on the inside.

Soon, the gentle kiss morphed into something more. He couldn’t lose control. Not with Jenna. So he slowed down and tried to imprint the feeling of kissing her, then he pulled away.

“Now this night has been perfect,” he whispered in her ear as he held her close. “Go to sleep, Jen.”

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

JC: Something that nobody would guess about me is that I used to be a dancer. From the age of five through college and beyond, I danced ballet, tap, and jazz. In high school I taught preschoolers and worked on the business side of the studio. I spent all of my free time at the dance school. Most of the stories I write have a dancer. In THE LOVE SQUARE, Jenna is a ballroom dancer and teaches a charity class for underprivileged girls. In SHE LAUGHS IN PINK, Juliet is a ballerina. She’s good and loves it, but knows she’ll never go pro. Dancing is a big part of both Jenna and Juliet’s stories, and it’s lifted right from my past experiences and feelings.

Find Jessica Calla at these places:

Facebook Author Page: https://goo.gl/cglG7j

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jess_calla

Author Website: www.jessicacalla.com

Goodreads: https://goo.gl/UCbhzS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Calla/e/B0195YOTB2

Read these titles by Jessica Calla:

THE LOVE SQUARE (Romantic Women’s Fiction, Limitless Publishing, 1/12/16)

SHE LAUGHS IN PINK (NA Romance, BookFish Books, 5/17/16)

SHE RUNS AWAY (NA Romance, BookFish Books, November 2016)

#KissingBandits Welcomes Noelle Rahn-Johnson

Noelle Rahn-Johnson: The Interview

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

NRJ: I’m 44, happily married to a great guy since August of 1992. (Yes, I’m happily married, Yes, thank you for telling me I’m beautiful, and no I will not have your babies. LOL) I have 4 kids, 2 dogs and a cat. We also have 4 baby mallard ducklings here that we will release in the late summer, or when ever they want to leave. I’ve been writing since August of 2014 and I currently have 3 books out and published.

Pieces BannerKB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

NRJ: The most recent is the third book in the ‘Pieces’ trilogy. That was released in March of this year. In Pieces, Shattered Pieces and Broken Pieces are the books in that trilogy. Broken Pieces clears up everything and wraps up the ending nicely with a HEA.

KB: What are your top three guilty pleasures?

NRJ: Chocolate, sweet strawberries, reading a book and it brings out the raw emotions from the characters and makes me feel it too.

KB: Which of your characters do you connect with the most and why?

NRJ: Paige Marie Masterson, main character from IN PIECES. 99% of her feelings in the book are mine. How I was feeling, reacting or what was going on in my life at the time. The events that happen in the book are either something that happened to me, or someone I knew. There are a few events that did not happen, the bear scene, for one. I think I would have tripped and fell, peed my pants, broke my ankle and been mauled to death in that one.

KB: Who or what has had the biggest influence on your writing?

NRJ: My Dad. He’s been gone since November 2007. I write for him and his love of books. I just had an idea of a story one day and wrote it down. It went from there. I have dedicated all 3 books so far to him, along with other people in my life.

KB: What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your writing?

NRJ: Putting my real emotions and reactions in the book and having that character have the same issues as me. It’s a form or ‘releasing the demons’ inside, if you will, and letting go of the past.

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

NRJ: I hate being in a room full of people, I panic.

Read these titles by Noelle Rahn-Johnson: In Pieces, Shattered Pieces, Broken Pieces- all in the Pieces Trilogy. I also am writing a book caller ‘Returning for Ryder’. Releasing, hopefully, July 2016

 

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Sierra Hill

Sierra Hill: The Interview

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

SH: I’ve been a Russian spy, had tea with Queen Elizabeth, been skydiving with Brad Pitt, and Safari’d with the cast of The Amazing Race…oh wait, no I haven’t! I’m just a girl (I still feel 17 although I’m in my 40’s), married to a sweet guy, living a great life. I have an amazing career in “the real world” and get to write contemporary romance novels as a hobby/second career. And of course, I’m an avid reader.

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

ecover PD finalSH: Readers and critics are loving my newest release, Physical Distraction, and I’m so happy to hear that! Although it’s the third book in The Physical Series, Physical Distraction can be read as standalone. It features Dylan Hemmons, the older brother of Rylie Hemmons from my first book, Physical Touch. Dylan is a former-military turned electrician, working for his dad’s small Boston company. He’s so ready to move on to the next chapter of his life, which is making art from reclaimed metal. And that’s exactly how he meets Sloane Fitzgerald.

Sloane is a California beauty whose life just imploded on her. She’s a teacher on Christmas break who has to step-in to manage her late-uncle’s Boston bar. The electricity between Dylan and Sloane is off-the-charts. One book blogger/reviewer said, “The chemistry between Dylan and Sloan, who are the main characters to this story is explosive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

KB: What was your defining moment as a writer?

SH: I’ve started a lot of unfinished books in my lifetime, so the defining moment was when I began writing my first published book, Physical Touch, I unapologetically stated for the world to know (okay, my FB friends) that I was going to PUBLISH that book in a year. And I made sure it happened. In fact, I finished it in 3 mos and published before my self-imposed deadline. I was pretty proud of that accomplishment!

KB: Which of your characters do you connect with the most and why?

SH: I loved writing and creating the heroine in Physical Distraction (Sloane). She’s the good girl. The one who thought she had her life all mapped out and than is slammed with the realization that it wasn’t perfect. And she doesn’t curl up into a ball and cry (although, sometimes I do), but digs in and figures things out. And she also knows when she needs to rely on others to help. I think there’s a lot of me in those characteristics. Plus, I’ve always wanted to be a beach-babe (which I’m totally not)!

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

SH: I’m actually a goodie-two-shoes. In fact, my friends that read my books who know me in real life are shocked, surprised and a bit dumbfounded that I  write such Hot, Sexy scenes. They all see me as sweet and innocent, I guess. My godmother couldn’t believe I swore so much in my books, because I don’t curse much at all. But what I tell everybody is that when I write, I’m my alter-ego, Sierra. Not who I am in real life. It makes my life pretty damn entertaining.

KB: Share a funny or ironic anecdote.(See picture labeled Lemon Head)

LemonHeadSH: My husband and I went to Italy for our anniversary milestone last Sept. While in Amalfi, I picked up this HUGE lemon and my husband says, “That’s about as big as my balls!” *ahem* Yeah, right. And then we kept asking in the shops if they sold any lemon balls. hahahaha

Find  Sierra Hill at these places:

www.sierrahillbooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/sierrahillbooks

www.twitter.com/sierrahillbooks

www.instagram.com/sierrahillbooks

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B018OMMPC6

Read these titles by Sierra Hill

The Physical Series (All Standalone)

Physical Touch – Book 1 (Rylie and Mitch)

More than Physical – Book 2 (Jax and Sasha’s story)

Physical Distraction – Book 3 (Sloane and Dylan)

 

Standalones:

One More Minute with You (for music lovers)

The Reunion (second chance love novella)

 

Upcoming New Adult Series : The Sweetest Thing

Sweetness – Book 1 (releasing mid-summer 2016)

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Tracy Broemmer

Tracy Broemmer: The Interview

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

TB: The first thing you should know about me is I hate being asked to tell people a little bit about myself 😉 While I think I can be an okay person-sometimes funny but serious when I need to be, a loyal friend, courteous, though reserved-I hate hearing my own voice in my writing, especially when it’s something about myself.

Tracy B1I am happily married to my high school sweetheart; we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary in April. We have a 21-year-old daughter, who just finished her junior year in college, and our son, who will be 16 in June, is champing at the bit to drive his Mustang convertible without Mom or Dad in the passenger seat. (So not cool!)

I am an only child, but I have 54 cousins…53 on my mom’s side of the family and one on my dad’s side. I think a lot of people (kids) hate family reunions, but I honestly loved them. When I was a kid, I knew most of those cousins really well. Thanks to Facebook, I stay in touch with a lot of them now.

I love to read, and I love that my kids both love to read. Between the 3 of us, we have a good thousand books in our house. (My daughter and I started the process of scanning them all into a library app last summer…our phones died several times in the process.) I will read just about any genre, though I rarely touch nonfiction. It makes me feel like I’m back in school, and I’d rather just read for enjoyment. I read a lot of YA stuff, because I like it and because for the past…8? years, I’ve volunteered in a local grade school library, and I love talking books with the kids.

I have a BS in political science, with a minor in psychology, and I have a Masters in education. I worked in early childhood before deciding it was more important to me to be home with my own kids. Being at home has allowed me to focus on writing, which has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl.

To wrap up, I love chocolate, wine (it’s about time for another trip to Napa Valley), and music. I love dogs, especially my fur baby, and I (usually) love Mondays…

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

TB: Say Everything, my latest release, is a story about monsters we see in our everyday lives:

One lesson we’re not taught when we’re little is how to pick out a monster in a crowd, not when that monster looks like the rest of us.

Tracy BGwyn Hansen is all grown up, but she sleeps with the lights on and she refuses to leave her house because she’s met the boogeyman. Gwyn’s ex-boyfriend, Walker, and her best friend, Sara, want to help her recover, to heal emotionally as well as physically.  But Gwyn claims her experience has changed her, maybe not for the better.

Gwyn isn’t keeping secrets because she’s afraid to share them.  Rather, she needs to keep her secrets as a matter of self-preservation. How can she ever be comfortable with her friend and lover again if they continue to see her as a victim?

If she can’t say everything, can Gwyn find the right words to start the healing process?  Will Walker and Sara have the patience to wait for her, or will they each move on with their lives without her?

KB: Describe how you create characters.

TB: I don’t. I rarely sit and think about what kind of character I am going to create and write about. Most of the time, characters come to me-in my head-and start telling me a story. Maybe I have to think for a little bit about what color hair or eyes they have, but their heart and soul is already there when they come to me.

When people ask me what kind of books I write, I usually say women’s fiction, which is true. But I don’t always go into a long drawn out answer about how I write character-driven fiction. My books have big plots in them, but my characters come first and they tell me about the issues they are dealing with.

I am fascinated by relationships (mother and daughter, sisters, father and son, friends, etc), and I focus on relationships in my writing. And yes, I want my readers to love them, to root for them through the hard times and laugh with them through the good times. There’s nothing quite like having a reader come to me and talk to me about someone who exists in my head and in the pages of a book as if that someone is real.

Sometimes my characters look a little like popular TV or movie actors. Sometimes they’re a mix of people I know and TV or movie actors. They have a mix of personality traits and quirks and issues of people I know or even a little bit of myself or other fictional characters. I want to keep them real, because I want my readers to care about them like they are real.

KB: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.

TB: I am not the most active person in the world, but I do try to walk every day. I live in a very pretty area, and there’s a very nice sidewalk/walking view close by. I can walk straight up several blocks to the local community college, walk the campus, and stretch the walk even more if I want to meander through several neighborhoods on the way home.

There used to be an old, dilapidated-looking white house on the main street of that walk. I don’t think I’d ever seen a person or a car near that place since we’d moved in several years ago. Every day when I walked, I would look at that house and just feel that there was a story to be written about it.

I take my iPod with me when I walk, and I usually listen to playlists I make for my writing projects. I’ve had several playlists with horror movie soundtracks for different projects I’ve worked on, and one of those was pretty recent, so I was walking by that creepy house, listening to songs from scary movies, and thinking creepy thoughts.

It didn’t look like a haunted house to me, but a place where someone could be held as a prisoner and no one would ever have any idea anything sinister was going on there.

And then suddenly, the house was gone, and I had the plot for the book, Say Everything.

KB: Who or what has had the biggest influence on your writing?

TB: I’m going to go with the what of this question first…

I’m an only child, and I have a big, vivid imagination. I don’t know how old I was when I decided I wanted to be a writer, but it was before my grandma moved from Jackson Street, and she moved when I was seven. (Before that, I wanted to be an architect. I knew nothing about architecture, but Mike Brady on the Brady Bunch was an architect and I guess that made it sound exciting to me.) I day dream all the time, always have and always will. At least now I can say I’m plotting, so I don’t sound lazy!

I watch some TV and I like going to movies, but I’d rather read a good book. So I guess I would say reading and falling in love with fictional characters has had a huge influence on my writing.

Reading inspires me to write. Reading something that drains me emotionally makes me want to write something equally draining, heartbreaking for others to read. Some of my readers have compared my writing (not necessarily my book plots) to a few of my favorite authors, and now and then when I reread something I’ve written, I see particular authors’ influences in my style, too.

As far as who has had the biggest influence on my writing…

When I was in school, I wrote books by hand in spiral bound notebooks. I think people thought it was cute, but no one really gave it a second thought. Even when I started college, I was so programmed to think I couldn’t make a career of writing, that I chose a different field of study. So now I have a BS in political science and a minor in psychology, and I have an MSE. I spent a few years in the early childhood education field, and I am currently a stay at home mom (to a 21 year old college senior and an almost 16 year old! haha!) and I’ve now written 20 women’s fiction novels and haven’t seen the inside of a prekindergarten classroom in nearly 20 years.

My dad is a big reader, and I remember going to the library with him when I was a little girl. I got my love of reading from Dad, so I guess he was instrumental in my love of writing, too. Other than Dad and my favorite authors, I guess I’d have to say my readers have the biggest influence on my writing, which isn’t to say they can email me and suggest this plot or that plot or that they can text me and suggest something for character X. I just love hearing from my readers how important my characters become to them and how deeply affected they are by my characters’ lives. Knowing there are readers out there who love my characters as much as I do will always keep me writing.

Links:

Find Tracy Broemmer at:

www.broemmerbooks.com

www.facebook.com/tracybroemmerauthor

Upcoming Releases (June2016)

See Kate, Lorelei Bluffs, book 7

Loved You More, Lorelei Bluffs, book 8

Sketching Litchfield Lake

Green-Eyed Girl

Destiny’s Calling: Your Future is Waiting

Look For Tracy’s Other Titles:

Stand Alone Titles:

Say Everything

Come Home For Christmas

Two Story Home

Picket Fences

Just Like Them (written as Therese Kinkaide)

Fairytale (written as Therese Kinkaide)

Luther’s Cross (written as Therese Kinkaide)

The Williams Legacy:

Truth Is, Book 1

Other People’s Ugly, Book 2

The Lorelei Bluffs Series:

Every Little Thing, Book 1

Two A.M., Book 2

Blind, Book 3

Leaving July, Book 4

Hesitation Marks, Book 5

Four Letter Words, Book 6

 

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Barbara Donlon Bradley

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Barbara Donlon Bradley

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

BDB: Well, my name is Barbara Donlon Bradley. I’ve always been a bit creative – love to paint and draw although I haven’t done either in years. When I found writing it was the perfect venue for my creative juices and that is where my focus is. I’m a mother (son is full grown now) and a wife. I’m proud to say I’ve been married to the same man for 31 years and we still like each other.

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

BDB: Timeless Desire is the 9th book in my series The Vespian Way. I have an ongoing plot in the series but this book steps away for a moment because my hero and heroine are caught up in a series of timeline changes. It was a whole lot of fun because I had them meeting again and again in these different timelines.

TimelessDesire-medBlurb:

Someone keeps altering the timeline and only Sam and Skye are aware of the change. The culprit doesn’t want Heather and Storm together, yet they keep finding each other, no matter how many times it is changed. Everything needs to be righted and the person messing with it needs to be stopped. It’s up to Sam and Skye to get things back the way it should be.

KB: What made you want to become a writer?

BDB: I’ve always written stories. When I was about 13 I created a character to go with my favorite super hero. Even went as far as creating her costume and car. Then I was in high school I started watching Star Trek in reruns and did the same thing because I wanted something knew. A girlfriend of mine also created a character and we started writing scenes for these characters.

Now we’re going to skip forward about 20 years. My girlfriend and I were still mailing those scenes back and forth when my mother and father-in-law moved back from California. My mother-in-law had taken classes in California to become a writer and wanted to continue following that dream. She had no idea that I had been writing, and I swear she just wanted someone to drive her, but she paid for my first year with RWA and my local chapter of RWA. Well, one day the president of our local chapter decided to do a critique program. She asked for 5 pages of members work to be critiqued. I knew I wasn’t going to be in town the day of the meeting so figured why not? If they don’t like it I could have slunk off into the darkness, never to be seen again. So I sent 5 pages of a scene I had written and waited to hear what they thought.

I was floored! They loved it. I was told that it was very raw and read like a screen play (which made sense since I graduated from college with a BA in Mass Communications with my focus on Television communications) but they saw a career there. That’s when I started writing professionally.

KB: Describe how you create characters.

BDB: My characters create themselves. I have gotten a lot of my ideas from dreams where I can see an important scene in the book. I’m normally in my heroine’s body when these scenes unveil themselves but somehow I know what I look like, what my personality is and a few of my quirks. Just enough to start with. Then they live in my mind, developing and becoming more three dimensional. I think that is why I love my characters so much.

KB: What kinds of female characters do you prefer to write?

BDB: I write strong females. Thanks to my grandma, I have a dominating personality so those type of characters come easy to me. I’m not saying they are so pushy you can’t love them, but they don’t back down from a fight, own up to their mistakes, and sometimes speak before they think.

Find Barbara Donlon Bradley at these places:

Website: http://www.barbaradonlonbradley.com/

Publisher: http://www.phaze.com/author.php?author=21

Blog: http://barbaradonlonbradley.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Donlon-Bradley/118673448173249

Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbbradley

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/barbaradbradley/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7773192-barbara-bradley

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0072OTZJE

Read these titles by Barbara Donlon Bradley:

Backlist (Oldest to Newest):

A Portrait in Time – Hard Shell Word Factory

Love on the Run – Hard Shell Word Factory

A Quest for Love –Hard Shell Word Factory

Love is … – Satin Romance

Star’s Destiny – Phaze

A Question of Trust – Phaze

Honorbound – Phaze

Dominated By Desire – Book 1 in the Vespian Way Series

Passionate Desire – Book 2 in the Vespian Way Series

Animal Desire – Book 3 in the Vespian Way Series

Unwanted Desire – Book 4 in the Vespian Way Series

Hesitant Desire – Book 5 in the Vespian Way Series

Forgotten Desire – Book 6 in the Vespian Way Series

Stolen Desire – Book 7 in the Vespian Way Series

Hidden Desire – Book 8 in the Vespian Way Series

Timeless Desire – Book 9 in the Vespian Way Series