Monday, January 4, 2016

Chill Out by Jana Richards Excerpt, Giveaway & Interview

Chill Out

Candy Hearts Series

Jana Richards

Genre: contemporary romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: January 4, 2016

Number of pages: 90

Word Count: 20,000


ISBN: 978-1-5092-0370-3

Cover Artist: RJ Morris

Book Description:

Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?” Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.

Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead.

As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?

This is part of a multi-author series of novellas The Wild Rose Press has put together for Valentine’s Day- all can be read as standalone titles


Dylan wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend, and in some ways, he was like a father. When our mother died, he petitioned the court to make him my legal guardian so I wouldn’t have to go into care. He made sure I studied, pushed me to apply to med school, helped me with expenses.”

He sounds like a wonderful big brother.”

His lips curved in a sad smile and Renata’s heart ached for him. “He was, and I know he’s going to be an amazing father. I want this animosity between us to end. I want my brother back.” His voice cracked. “But I’m not sure he feels the same way. I said some ugly things…”

Perhaps, with the baby coming, he wants to mend the rift between you as much as you do.” She hoped she was right.

Maybe. I’ll find out tomorrow. I’m going to phone Dylan and try to arrange a meeting.”

It’ll work out. You’ll see.”

He leaned toward her, the corners of his eyes wrinkling with his smile. “I appreciate the pep rally.”

Well, I was a cheerleader in high school. Rah, Rah.”

He laughed softly, then cupped her face with his hand, his thumb idly stroking her cheek. Her breath hitched at his tender touch. “Thank you for making this easier for me, Renata.”

He leaned in and her heart pounded in anticipation of his kiss. When his lips touched hers, a firestorm of longing ignited inside her. She strained toward him, needing his kiss, needing to heal his pain. His lips parted against hers, and she opened her mouth eagerly, reveling in his taste as his tongue danced with hers. The world faded away, and nothing existed for her except this man and all the tenderness she felt for him. It felt so right to kiss him, so perfectly, completely right.

About the Author:

When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Western Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish.

Where are you from?
I live in western Canada, and have all my life. I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and now live in a large city in a neighboring prairie province. I have to admit I’m a real flatlander; while I enjoy the beauty of mountains and oceans from a distance, up close and personal contact with them makes me nervous!
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is the release of         CHILL OUT which is happening today! It’s a fun Valentine’s story about finding the courage to love again. It’s part of the Candy Hearts Series from The Wild Rose Press.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for almost twenty years, but I really started to get serious about my writing about ten years ago. Why did I begin writing? The only thing I can say is that once I caught the writing bug I couldn’t not write.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I was published in 2007. And when my editor at the time called me a “real writer” for taking the time to do some edits that weren’t required but made the book better, I knew I’d arrived!
What inspired you to write your first book?
The very first book I wrote, which was written in long hand and shall forever remain under the proverbial bed, was inspired in part by personal heartache. I’d had several miscarriages, and my heroine in that story also suffers a miscarriage. I think writing the heroine’s story was my way of dealing with it, even years later.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I try to incorporate humor into many of my books, if the subject matter allows it. I love witty dialogue in other writers’ work and so I try to emulate that wit in my own work.
How did you come up with the title?
Like all the titles in the Candy Hearts Series, CHILL OUT comes from an actual saying on candy hearts, the heart-shaped candy so synonymous with Valentine’s Day. The titles for these stories came first; we had to submit a synopsis and a title for acceptance before going ahead and writing the story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just that a second chance at love is always possible, but you have to have the courage to go for it. Love is always worth the risk.
How much of the book is realistic?
The setting is real. Falcon Lake is a real place. I think the emotions between Noah and Renata are realistic. But other than that, the story is a product of my imagination.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The “someone” I know is actually a dog! Noah’s English Mastiff Spike was inspired by my friend Michelle’s Mastiff named Indigo. I made Renata an accountant like I am, but unfortunately I have never been snowbound in a cottage with a handsome stranger!
What books have influenced your life most?
As a kid, I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series, probably because I was a little girl on the prairie and I could relate in some ways. Later, I enjoyed books by authors like Leon Uris, Neville Shute, James Herriot, and Agatha Christie, among others. Then I discovered romance and began reading authors like Victoria Holt, Rosamunde Pilcher and Mary Stewart. Then I started reading other romance writers like Johanna Lindsey, LaVyrle Spencer, and Nora Roberts. I think I’ve learned something new about storytelling from each writer I’ve read over the years.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Probably Nora Roberts, because I’ve read so many of her books!
What book are you reading now?
I’m working my way through another series I was part of with The Wild Rose Press, the Lobster Cove series. It’s a fun group of stories about a small town on the coast of Maine and the people who live there. My story in this series is called ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Perhaps they’re not new, but they’re new to me! In the last couple of years I’ve discovered Lisa Klepyas, Julie James, Jill Shalvis, and Sally MacKenzie, and I’ve really enjoyed their work. Another writer whose work I’m anxious to try is fellow Carina Press writer Jeffe Kennedy. So far I’ve only read excerpts of her work and it’s pretty hot stuff!
What are your current projects?
I’ve got three series on the go at the moment. The first series is about three sisters who inherit an old fishing lodge in north central Minnesota and try to bring it back to life, while at the same time solving the mystery of their parents’ deaths when they were children. The next series is set in a small town in North Dakota and centers around a veterinary clinic where many of the characters work. I love writing small town romances! My third series is a time-travel romance. In order to enter heaven and earn his wings, a man must help others go back in time and find the love they lost in the past. My goal for 2016 is to complete one, if not all of these series!
What would you like my readers to know?

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog today. I enjoyed your interview!