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Author Interview with Jenna Bayley-Burke and Giveaway

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

I am super excited to have Jenna Bayley-Burke here with us at Redheads. She's here to talk about her book, For Kicks, that released today. Oh, and she's giving away a $5 amazon gift card so you can buy a copy for yourself! Woohoo!

Let's all give a warm welcome to Jenna B!


Crystal: Hi Jenna! *waves like a loon* Please introduce yourself.

Jenna: Hi everyone! *Kermit flail* Can’t let you dance alone.

These ‘tell me about yourself’ questions always throw me off. I think it’s because I am used to having conversations at preschool pickup and the grocery store, where the questions are more like – where did you find her dress (the Gymboree clearance rack, with gymbucks it only cost me $5) and what are you making for dinner (Minestrone casserole made from the pot roast leftovers).

When I’m trying to be all professional – I’m a mother of three, married to my high school honey for half my life, and I like to make up stories. Sometimes I like them so much they become entire novels and I start to believe the characters are real. Wait, that sounds weird. Let’s just stick to what are you making for dinner, shall we?

Crystal: Bahahahahaha! You did the Kermit flail! Lol. I love the Muppets. *wipes laughing tears from eyes* Ok, tell us about the hero/heroine in For Kicks.

Jenna: 
Breeze Cohen is a complete workaholic. Being a department store assistant manager makes it quite easy for work to swallow your whole life. Between ad-set, merchandising, stocking, scheduling…I’d be at work from 5am to 10pm. Wait…you wanted to know about Breeze. She loves success, sleep, and goldfish (the animals, not the crackers).

Logan Chandler is a former professional soccer player, his career cut short by an accident. Now he’s in marketing at a major athletic shoe and apparel company, working on the launch of a new sneaker designed for playing soccer. His best friend is the spokesperson, so he’s determined to make the launch a huge success. The only thing tripping him up? An exclusivity contract with Breeze’s department store. He loves adventure, chocolate, and his big sister.

Crystal: How did you come up with these characters?


Jenna: Breeze is an amalgam of all the driven young women I worked with as a department store manager. Logan is David Beckham without the accent, wife and four kids.

Crystal: Ugh. I used to work at a department store too. Their hours always sucked! So I definitely feel for you and for Breeze. What did you find was the most fun/rewarding part of writing For Kicks?

Jenna: I worked out all of my retail angst, and got to make a boring business trip fun – for Breeze anyway!

Crystal: Lol! Her trip was fun. *wink, wink* When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

Jenna: Anything fun or exciting. While writing my upcoming release, Drive Me Crazy, I started dabbling with photography. I love doing art projects and science experiments with the kids. I’m religious about going to Zumba, but I dance so I can’t see the mirror because in my head I can really shake it and the girl in the mirror is a hot mess.

Crystal: I love Zumba! I got a couple of my friends and family to try it too. It's so much fun! :) Where do you get your ideas for your romances? 

Jenna: Movies, TV, eavesdropping at Starbucks, my cousin’s dating life, stories my girlfriends tell on game night. Ideas are everywhere –characters are the hard part.

Crystal: Completely agree. I can think of so many storylines and that's about as far as I get before I'm stuck. Lol. Are you working on any current projects?

Jenna: I just signed a contract for Drive Me Crazy, a road trip romance that I am in love with. There is a haunted hotel and a naughty escapade in a treehouse. Such fun. It comes out in late summer. Private Scandal, my glitzy reunion story has a print release next month. I’m working on a Christmas novella, and trying to decide if I write a follow-up for Private Scandal or Pride & Passion.

Crystal: Oooo....Sounds adventurous. :) Can't wait to read it. Do you have a favorite theme(s) you work with?

Jenna: Self-empowerment. Life is a choose-your-own-adventure. I like for my heroines to be making the right choices for me. Trust is another underlying theme. It’s so important to learn to trust yourself before you can ever truly trust someone else.

Crystal: While writing, do you sit in complete silence or do you listen to music, have t.v. on in the background, etc.?

Jenna: It depends on who is home. On the mornings I have the house to myself, it’s just me and the quiet. When the kids are here, I have noise canceling headphones, and when they’re too loud for that I crank up the music. I prefer to write somewhere with a hum of white noise, like with an open window towards the ocean or a busy café. Those stars don’t align often.

Crystal: Kids can be quite noisy. Lol. I usually have 5 running around here during the week and it's definitely dicey when I'm trying to bust out a quick review. Time for some fun! I have selected a few random fun questions.

Team Edward or Jacob? Or if you have never read Twilight, vampires or werewolves? 

Jenna: I’m a normal girl, paranormal kind of freaks me out. What if it’s real? I love Crystal Jordan's shifters and Jessa Slade's urban fantasies...but they make me paranoid. What if the guy ahead of me in line getting gas at Costco suddenly springs from his car with automatic weapons...or literally springs as a jaguar? What then? Overactive imagination, that's me.

Crystal: You sound like me when it comes to haunted houses. If I see an old house I usually point and say "I bet that house is haunted" which then usually earns me some eye rolls. Lol. If it makes you fee better, I think there is always a chance it could be real. :) Alright, the all important question of boxers or briefs? 

Jenna: Briefs. There is no need for saggy balls, ever. Support the balls. I should start a campaign.

Crystal: Omigosh I can't breathe I'm laughing so hard! Let's not forget that you get to see more of the package too. ;) Ah, that was great. *shakes head with a laugh* What is the last book you read? 

Jenna: A Top Secret Recipes cookbook. I love restaurant food, but not taking a 3-year-old to restaurants. I’m almost done with Holiday Hideout, an anthology with Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis & Julie Kenner. It’s schmexy fun.

Crystal: Sweet. Yeah, let's just say I have been in the same boat with my 2-year-old. It's quite embarrassing when he throws a tantrum in the middle of the restaurant. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you? 

Jenna: This is a hard one. Probably Sara Rue, the actress from Almost Perfect. She lost all that Jenny Craig weight and is always ready with a laugh and a joke. We’d have to curl up her hair though. But then, I guess since I need to call Jenny, she can keep her own hair. But if I manage to get into my skinny jeans, she’ll have to get a perm!

Crystal: I love Sara! I thought she was cute before she lost all that weight, not she is a knockout with a sense of humor. :) Second to the last question, I promise. Do you have any secret talents not many people know about? 

Jenna: People in my book world don’t know I’m an award winning recipe developer. I don’t think anyone realizes I change my nail color to match the tone of a book. Right now I have ice-blue sparkle. For Kicks was a French manicure. I couldn’t imagine Breeze with anything flashy.

Crystal: That is just too cool! I am so not creative enough to do that. Hell, I can barely cook a decent meal myself. Lol. I'm sure you have a lot of nail polish tucked away somewhere. And I would expect nothing other than a French manicure with Breeze. She is too classy for anything else.

Alright, last but not least...
If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would it be?

Jenna: Jane Austen. I’d love to know what she thinks about how women are perceived in literature now, if this is what she envisioned for female authors. Does the person have to be alive? Then it's probably Anthony Bourdain. His writing is spectacular, and he's always someplace I've never been.

Crystal: Great choices. I imagine Jane would be a little shocked with how much women have changed from back then. I'm pretty sure it would never be a boring dinner with Anthony Bourdain. Man knows how to party! Lol. Thanks so much for stopping by! You are awesome! :)

BLURB AND REVIEW:

If the shoe fits…run with it!

Breeze Cohen senses something is missing from her life, but her career doesn’t leave time for anything but retail business strategy—particularly the upcoming product launch for her cornerstone client, Nitrous.

No way is she going to let live-for-the-moment Logan Chandler tarnish her professional reputation. Even if the ex-athlete poster boy for Nitrous makes her heart pound like she’s run a marathon.

After surviving a near-fatal accident, Logan doesn’t want to waste a minute of life. It’s meant to be lived, ravished, enjoyed—and there’s no one he’d like to ravish more than Breeze. There’s a deep pool of mutual desire beneath her icy façade. He can feel it every time they touch.

When a training snafu at Nitrous launches Breeze into damage control, Logan is ready and waiting to lace up and take her for a run on the wilder side—if he can catch her.

Warning: Side effects may include a desire to melt chocolate with body heat, spontaneous phone sex, and an intense drive to find loopholes in your workplace fraternization policy. 

MY THOUGHTS:

Breeze is what people like to call a workaholic. She's on the fast to becoming the youngest store manager for the department store she works at. When Nitrous comes around asking for help with the product launch with their new shoe line, she thinks this is the chance to get the store manager position she works so hard for. Little does she know, She gets something else from the sexy ex-soccer player, Logan.

Logan can't get enough of Breeze. There is just something about her that calls to him. Once she gives in to temptation, he quickly realizes that she is even better than he thought. Now if he can just get past the whole they can't be together because they work together, everything would be dandy.

Throw in a couple sex scenes and OMG a hot as all get out phone sex scene, (I've read a few and this was by far the best. Phew! *fans face*) and you have a steamy read. And let's not forget about the rest of the book either. I loved the pull between the Logan and Breeze. There are things that holds Breeze back from her relationship with Logan that I would have probably done the same thing if I was in her situation. I love the books that get you emotionally involved. They are the best!



Great book that gets you engrossed from the first couple pages.

Phew! Did I mention the great phone sex? ;)


Catch up with Jenna on her website (www.jennabayleyburke.com), blog (www.jennabayley-burke.blogspot.com), Twitter (@jennabb), or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jenna.bayleyburke).


Ok. The big question that you need to answer in the comments to be put in the drawing...

What are you making for dinner? Jenna would love to know!! Alright, make sure you leave a comment below! Thanks for stopping by! :)


6 comments

  1. Ohhhh, I haven't heard of Jenna's books in a while. I remember I read and loved Compromising Positions. So on to your question. Today I actually planned to make veggie paprika goulash but was to lazy so I ordered pizza. LOL Bf approved cuz that way he got some meat. ;)
    Thanks for the chance.

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  2. Susi - Thanks for remembering me :)

    I think I'm making salmon. But I want tacos.

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  3. I've been craving Tacos too. I'll have to remember all the ingredients the next time I go shopping. For tonight though I might just make chicken fingers

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  4. I ended up making scrambled eggs with German bologna thrown in for me and my little man. Lol. We have a balanced diet here in this house. :)

    Thanks for participating!! :)

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  5. Crystal that was a great interview!! different questions instead of the same ole same ole. well done luv! supper: last night i made brownies. seriously.

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  6. Great interview, blurb, and review. Can't wait to read For Kicks. Tonight, for dinner, I am making pot roast in the crockpot and mashed potatoes with gravy.

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