Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
I’m happy to! This week, I’m releasing the second installment of The Plus One Chronicles; POSSESSION. In book one, THE PROPOSITION Sloane sees Kat Thayne and he’s more intrigued than usual. He goes out of his way to get her to agree to his plus-one arrangement, offering her the one thing she can’t turn down—a chance to learn self defense so she will never be a victim again. By the end of the book, it’s clear something powerful is happening between them. But Sloane convinces himself it will burn out and die off.
But in the second book, POSSESSION, everything begins to change. Sloane is facing the brutal reality that Drake, his mentor who has been like a father to Sloane, is dying. It’s ripping Sloane apart and there’s nothing he can do to change it. Although he does move Drake into his house and care for him, but to Sloane, that’s not enough. The more he feels Drake slipping away, the more he’s driven to hold onto Kat. Even though he knows the best thing for her, for both of them, would be to end it before they get in too deep.
In the meantime, Kat’s struggling with her fears from an attack she can’t remember, and coming to trust that Sloane won’t betray her as her ex-fiancé had when she discovers Sloane’s dark side that could destroy them both.
You can read an except here: http://jenniferlyonbooks.com/the-plus-one-chronicles/possession/
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading and storytelling, but it was after I was married and we had our three sons that I got serious about the idea of writing. I tried going back to college to pursue a marketing degree, but my passion was writing and I am fortunate enough to be married to a man who supports my dream in every way possible.
Every writer dreams of getting “the call”. What were you doing when yours came? Who got to hear the good news first?
I was out Christmas shopping and when I returned I had a message on my answering machine from Amy Garvey at Kensington Books. We played phone tag, then she called me back later that afternoon and offered me a two-book deal on my Samantha Shaw Series. After that I burned up the phone lines calling everyone I knew J
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Before I published, I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and met several published authors. They all gave me great advice, but one piece of wisdom was universal: Finish the Book. It’s easy to be excited and motivated in the beginning, but by the middle of the book it’s often daunting to keep going. That’s the point where it’s all too easy to get distracted by another bright, shiny idea. Or cleaning the bathrooms. Anything but pushing through and finishing the book.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
Right this second? It’s Leo Nash from ROCK WITH ME by Kristen Proby because I’m reading the book and loving it.
My perfect hero is protective of the heroine while supporting her dreams. Always.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
Does collecting dust count?
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Self Publishing. It’s pretty much starting my own business from the ground up. Not only do I write the books, but I hire cover artists, editors, formatters, assistants and web designers; I handle scheduling, promotion and marketing. I also keep the books (I’m married to an accountant, so he handles all the taxes for me.) And through all this, I’m working toward creating ‘brand’ which I must always be thinking about as I work. It’s wild and scary and I love it more than I ever imagined. The only thing is—I work all the time now. But I love doing it, so I’m not complaining!
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Australia. It’s all about the accent! Or a beach house where I could sit on the deck, watch the waves and decompress.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I’m pretty tame in my food choices.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
All of them? Okay I absolutely must have my coffeemaker J
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
Dinner in our favorite restaurant on the beach, come home, have chocolate truffles and go in the hot tub.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I’m pretty boring. I think of myself as a wife, mom and writer. My sister and brother once described me as a bulldog. It’s a long story, my mom was very ill and not going to recover. One night, my sister and brother ran into a problem with the hospital staff doctor (NOT my mom’s doctor) and they weren’t sure how to handle it. They called me because “You’re a bulldog you won’t let her (the staff doctor) do this.”
I took care of the problem.
But still, a bulldog? Really?
So…I don’t ask people to describe me. That bulldog comment cured me!
And lastly, no interview of a writer would be complete without this question: what is your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate! I love chocolate chip cookies, brownies, ice cream, cake, oh!!! Rocky Mountain Truffles with fillings like raspberry, hazelnut, mocha…YUM!
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
This changes with my mood. I like summer though, all the kids come over and hang out in the pool, we barbeque and just have fun.
Thank you so much to Romance Junkies for having me here today! I hope you’ll give The Proposition and Possession a try! Sloane and Kat get their happily-ever-after in the final book Obsession. Happy Reading!
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SERIES SPOTLIGHT INFO:
The Plus One Chronicles
A wicked proposition…
A sensual possession…
A dark obsession…
The Plus One Chronicles: Searing passion and fiery vengeance collide in three explosive books.
The Plus One Chronicles, Book 1
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.
Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.
The Plus One Chronicles, Book 2
**Please note: Possession is book two of a three book series. Readers should start with The Proposition.**
Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and his need for Kat, his need to possess her at all costs, rivals only his single-minded goal of vengeance for the murder of his sister.
After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.
**Possession is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.**
OBSESSION, Book 3 – Coming 9/24/13
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke, who was cast in the role of hero in all their adventures.
Clearly Jen was born to daydream. But it took her years to figure out how to turn her imagination into a career as an author. After marrying and becoming a full time mom to three sons, Jen launched her career with the award winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Later, she took the name Jennifer Lyon, combined her love of witches, alpha males and sizzling romance into another award winning series, the Wing Slayer Hunters.
Jennifer has several new releases coming out this year. THE PROPOSITION, the first book in her new Plus One Chronicles was just released on February 24 and following later in the year will be Book Two: POSSESSION – Coming 5/28/13 and Book Three: OBSESSION – Coming 9/24/13.
Writing under Jennifer Apodaca she will be releasing the first book in her Once A Marine series, titled THE BABY BARGAIN which will be out in March 2013 from Entangled Publishing in their Indulgence line.
Jennifer Lyon’s POSSESSION Blog Tour
May 27 – June 9
5/27 – Book Monster Reviews (Guest Post, series spotlight)
5/ 27- Wicked Readings by Tawania (series spotlight)
5/28- Ramblings From This Chick (series spotlight & reviews)
5/28- United by Books (series spotlight)
5/29- Romance Junkies (interview & review bk 2)
5/29- Buffy’s Ramblings (series spotlight & review bk 1)
5/30- Salacious Reads (series spotlight & reviews)
5/30- The Reading Cafe (guest post, series spotlight & review bk 2)
5/31- Mimmi’s Musings (series spotlight)
6/01- Underworld Love Addiction (series spotlight & review bk 2)
6/01- Riverina Romantics (series spotlight)
6/02- Page Flipperz (series spotlight & review bk 2)
6/02- Toot’s Book Reviews (interview)
6/03- Cocktails and Books (series spotlight & review bk 2)
6/03 – Books-n-Kisses (interview)
6/04- Flirting with Romance (Interview)
6/04- Books, Books and More Books (series spotlight & reviews)
6/05- Book Lovin’ Mamas (guest post and review bk 2)
6/05- Under the Covers (guest post & reviews)
6/06- Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My! (Interview and reviews)
6/06- Offbeat Vagabond (series spotlight & review bk 1)
6/07- Night Owl Reviews ( guest post )