The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Welcome The Wild Rose Press author, Babette James...

 Hi, Babette - great to have you visit my blog again! Looking forward to catching up with you and hearing all about your latest release. Wishing you lots of sales and success with Summertime Dream. Let's get started with the questions…

  1. What do you wish men understood about women?

Lol! Let me get out my list… One thing that comes to mind is that although women are perfectly capable of doing things for themselves, we do appreciate the little things, like having the restaurant door opened for us, manners at the table, and remembering what brand of coffee or tea we enjoy. I wish men would remember women need to be shown they are cherished far more than once or twice a year, not simply because the calendar reminded them it was an anniversary or holiday.
For our visitors: I’d love to hear what you wish men understood about women.

  1. Do you only work on one book at a time?

I’d love to focus on only one book at a time, but I’m working on multiple projects. I have my River series, I have a fantasy romance series, and I’m working on a four-book contemporary romance novella series. Having them all in the works at once is handy for when I need a change of pace or a story needs a little time to simmer. Since I’m a pantser, I do like being able to hop from story to story within its series. It’s rather like writing one enormous novel.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional couple? 
That’s too hard to choose! I have too many favorites. If I were forced to narrow it down, I always love Eloisa James’ couples and Toni Blake’s heroines and heroes in her Destiny series. That’s one of the things I love about romance, there are so many wonderful stories, from sweet light-hearted romps, to dark and suspenseful, and heart-wrenching emotional dramas. This is why I have so many full bookcases! 

  1. Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
Dreams can come true. However, it might require pain, sweat, and/or tears, and you definitely can’t sit around just hoping. It’s up to you to reach for them.

  1. Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
This year I’m trying a daily word count goal and trying for 800 words a day. It’s a stretch, and some days are just impossible, but I did decently overall in January. However, for the month of February, I’m participating in a word count challenge with my NJRW chapter to do 30k in 28 days. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t write for a set length of time, but I do write in the morning before work and in the evening.

  1. What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I originally liked Twitter better, because of the brevity, but I’m beginning to enjoy Facebook as well. From the social aspect of them, I should probably hang out and interact at both of them more, but I keep them closed while I’m working and writing. So many distractions! lol

  1. What are you working on now?
I’m nearly finished with my next novel in my River series, Love Burns, so fingers crossed for that one to be done and submitted soon. This story takes off right from where Clear As Day ends. I love this couple’s chemistry, and while it’s been a challenge to complete, I’ve enjoyed seeing their story come to life as they work through their personal trials and find their own happily ever after together. I’m also working on other stories for couples from the circle of friends in my River series. And then I’m working on a four book contemporary romance novella series set at some of my favorite New Jersey shore towns. I also have a fantasy series that’s simmering on the back burner while I focus on these contemporary stories. Thank goodness for coffee!

  1. Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it.
Summertime Dream is my new spicy contemporary romance novel from The Wild Rose Press, about a workaholic consultant who simply wants to unload the dilapidated house he inherited, but a writer struggling with her overprotective family, his grandmother’s mysterious past, and unexpected love challenge him to reassess his lifestyle and he discovers the home he never knew he needed. It’s the second novel in my River series, which began with Clear As Day.  Summertime Dream is a prequel to Clear As Day, and occurs the summer before, but the stories can be read in either order. Summertime Dream is FREE on Amazon Kindle   February 11-15, 2014.


The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?

Come fall in love at the river. Summertime Dream is FREE on Amazon Kindle February 11-15, 2014:

About the Author:
Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

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Babette is waiting to chat! Questions? Comments?


  1. Hi, I'm so glad to visit here today. Just wanted everyone to know that Amazon has had a glitch, so if Summertime Dream is not showing free for you yet, please be patient, it is definitely meant to be free through Saturday, February 15. Thanks so much.

  2. I'm so amazed when people can work on more than one project at once. I can barely focus on ONE! Lovely interview.

  3. Thanks, Liz! lol It makes life interesting.

  4. GOOD NEWS, Amazon has fixed the problem and Summertime Dream is now free as it should have been. Thanks for your patience.