1) Did you set any goals for 2014?
Nothing was set in granite, because I like to be flexible. I knew I wanted to finish book #3 in the Five Senses series, write book #4 and clean up the first manuscript I ever wrote to see if I could get it published. The third in the series, Exposed To Passion, is now under contract, #4, Smell The Roses, is planned out and I have the first few chapters done, and I’m making progress on Running From Romeo. Plus, I’ve written a short story based on Hearts In Harmony. There’s that flexibility I mentioned.
2) How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript? My books are generally between 80,000 to 90,000 words long. If I really, really focus, I can get it done in less than three months. Unfortunately, that’s completely unedited and I’ll spend another month cleaning it up. I’d rather take my time and edit it as I go.
3) Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered
It’s actually an author I used to read a lot, Laura Griffin. I love her Tracers series. There’s so much mystery and intrigue and science in the books. I think I re-read everything I had of hers on my Kindle while on vacation. Then I came home and bought a couple I didn’t already own.
4) Name two romances you’ve read more than once
Nora Roberts - Chasing Fire. I re-read that book every year during fire season. I think the Hot Shots who work those roaring infernos are braver than anyone.
Almost everything I own by Katie MacAlister has been read to within an inch of it’s life.
5) Tell us about your first car
It was a fire-engine red Pontiac Sunbird. That sweet ride had a manual transmission, no air conditioning and AM radio only. But it got me where I was going and it looked good.
6) Tell us something you’ve lied about?
Well, if I told you I never lied, that would be a lie. So there you go.
7) Kissing in public? Yes or no?
Sure why not? Maybe not with tongue and obvious groping, but I love to see lovers share a kiss in full view of the world. And I love for others to see the love between my husband and I, so yeah, I’ll kiss him in public.
Hearts In Harmony
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Kensington Books/Lyrical Press, Inc
Date of Publication: May 5, 2014
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: appox. 80,000
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco
Sometimes life’s most simple melodies become songs of love.
Pippa Sanders’ life is filled with songs of leaving, longing and loneliness. Since the death of her husband, her children have been her world. She’ll do anything to protect them, including encasing her heart in ice until they’re college age. She’s made a practice of shying away from any relationship that could break her heart when it ends. And it’s worked so far.
Clay Mathers has made a temporary move to Granite Pointe, Massachusetts to help with his mother’s Christmas tree farm while she recovers from a stroke. Although his long-range plans don’t include staying in the small town, a little female companionship during his short residency would be welcome. While on duty as sentry against protestors at a military funeral, he finds Pippa visiting her husband’s grave, and begins a campaign to make her into a friend–with benefits.
What starts as a simple affair evolves to something more, something that changes the soundtracks of both their lives…the beating of two hearts in harmony.
CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language, hot sex and a spicy hero.
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance
Pippa opened her mouth to retort, when the irony of his words hit her. Yes, he did have a right to speak his mind. It was a privilege her husband had fought and died for. She just wished he wasn’t so crude about it.
Clay eyed her and crossed muscular arms over his chest, daring her to respond, waiting for a chance to chastise her again for her stupidity.
She swallowed the words she’d intended to use to put him in his place. “You’re right. Thank you for helping me.”
Shock and confusion rippled across his strong face, and laughter tickled the back of her throat. She’d managed to shut him up. The same way she might have with one of her kids when they needed to listen to reason. It was a little fun to take the wind out of his sails this way. She’d done it all her life with her brothers and had seen the same look of consternation floating on their faces.
But she’d never wanted her brothers to keep arguing with her. If this green-eyed hunk wanted to go another round with her, she’d relish it—welcome it. There was something about him…
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About the Author:
Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.
Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.
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