Saturday, April 20, 2013
Just Like Heaven by Barbara Bretton
Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.
Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.
Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.
Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.
Because love can happen anywhere . . .
Even in New Jersey!
A beautiful morning in early spring. What could possibly go wrong?
Just returned from a buying trip in England, Kate French was jet-lagged and exhausted and running on fumes. She was already running late for an appointment but a wave of dizziness forced her to pull into the shopping mall parking lot in search of a quick fix of caffeine and protein.
When the pain first hit, she ignored it and continued racing across the parking lot toward the food court. But within moments she realized something was terribly wrong as her wobbly legs gave out and she dropped to the ground. The last thing she remembered as she started to fade away was the guy in the Grateful Dead T-shirt who held her in his arms and promised he'd never let her go.
Mark Kerry didn't think of himself as a hero but the story of a Good Samaritan who had saved a woman's life in the parking lot of the Princeton Promenade was attaining the status of suburban legend. Determined to return a stack of documents that had been left behind when the ambulance swept her away, he called in some favors and tracked her down at home one week later.
The moment Kate saw him again, the world and everyone in it disappeared. She knew his voice, the smell of his skin, the way his hands felt against her skin, the taste of his mouth, everything that mattered. All the things she would ever need to know about him.
And then she took another look . . .
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A number of things, including a conversation with my BFF about the expiration date on wearing lacy thongs. (If there isn't one, maybe there should be.) When you take a no-nonsense kind of woman and introduce her to Victoria's Secret, anything can happen and probably will.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
About eight weeks, give or take. This was one of those rare books that almost wrote itself. Sitting down at the laptop each day was a joy. I understood my characters from the beginning and let their story flow through me.
I wish more books were like that.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The excitement of starting a new story, meeting new characters, trying their lives on for size. It's exhilarating.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The midpoint of a book where I literally can't see the forest for the trees. It's like driving a car on a moonless night without headlights down a road without guardrails and yawning canyons on either side.
Not that I exaggerate or anything . . .
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Robert Mueller, the head of the FBI. I want to know =all= the secrets there are to know.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Some very strange mustard with a label written in a language I can't identify. The smell is indescribable. The color borders on monkey vomit. The real question is why haven't I thrown it out??
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More Sugar Maple books, more affordable ebooks from my backlist, and my first audiobooks!
Barbara is offering a signed copy of Just Desserts to one winner from each site. Open to US Shipping only.