Anna, welcome and please, tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Connecticut and grew up in Western New York, returning to Connecticut in my early twenties where I now live with my husband. We have five children who are grown and on their own (except for the youngest who is still in college). I have a full time job, marketing by day, author by night.
What’s your favorite color?
Definitely red. To me it signifies excitement, motivation and energy.
What’s your favorite dessert?
That’s easy, pretty much anything chocolate. While I prefer milk chocolate I am trying to acquire a taste for dark chocolate as it is better for you.
What inspired you to become a writer? Did you always think you would be a writer?
While I have always been creative (I like to design clothing and sew), I am not one of those people who knew from the time they were a child they wanted to write. It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I even considered it, which was about the time I discovered romance novels. I loved the idea of creating some happily ever after stories of my own.
Which authors were your early influences?
Nora Roberts. I love the way she tells a story.
Where do you find your stories?
My stories are about conquering life’s trial and my ideas come from a variety of places like the news or an article I’ve read or sometimes they just come to me.
I’ve been reading Keeping Her Guilty Secret, and I have to tell you how impressed I am by the storyline. I especially love your heroine, Nicole. Please, tell our readers about her and how you came up with her having bad luck with men.
Nicole’s bad luck with men came from someone I once knew. She always seemed to pick the wrong guy for her.
Max Paradis is a wonderful hero. Please, tell our readers about how you developed him. Is he the perfect man? What makes Max so irresistible?
Even though Max doesn’t want to get involved in a romantic relationship, he always comes to Nicole’s rescue. For Nicole, it’s a welcome relief to share some of the burden she’s shouldered. She’s been both mother and father to her younger sisters since their parents died six years ago in a car accident.
What did you enjoy most about writing the book?
I loved letting the characters fall in love, despite the obstacles. Creating that happy ever after moment is the reason I love romance novels, whether I’m reading or writing the story.
Now that you have everyone’s attention, please, tell us more about Keeping her Guilty Secret.
Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the moment they lay eyes on each other, but despite the sizzling attraction and Max’s to-die-for-kisses, Nicole is reluctant to get involved. She’s been burned by love before.
Carlo had been her ideal mate but the dream became a nightmare when his drug smuggling past was revealed.
Now all Nicole wants is to get on with her life and keep the secret she’s been hiding for the last six years.
Still, how can she resist the handsome and sexy Max when he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man? And what will she do when Carlo returns and threatens to expose her ugly past?
Nicole will have to trust Max with the truth if she wants to win his love and get Carlo out of her life for good. If she doesn’t Carlo could destroy everything that matters most to her.
Please, share an excerpt with us.
Nicole finished tying an apron around her waist as she rushed toward the table. “What can I get for you this evening?”
The man lowered his menu.
Nicole started to sweat. No! It can’t be. But, oh god, it was. She’d recognize him anywhere with his black, slicked-back hair and dark aviator sunglasses, the gold rope chains draped around his thick neck and the long-sleeved shirt with the top four buttons undone to showcase his wide, hairy chest.
“Hello, baby. Long time no see.”
Not long enough. “What do you want?”
His eyes wandered down her body, back up, and came to rest on her breasts. She felt the chilly slime of his leer as he said, “Whadda ya say? One last fuck for old times’ sake?”
Her stomach heaved. She shoved a fist in her mouth to stop the bile from rising up.
Idiot, her brain sneered.
Yes, idiot pretty much summed it up. Carlo was yet another example of her lousy taste in men. Only he’d cost her more than a broken heart.
Lord, what had she ever seen in him? She’d been young, impetuous, and carefree. Caught up in the glamour and mystique that was the fashion industry. Carlo had been fun and exciting. If only she’d looked past his suave exterior, maybe she would have seen the danger. Instead, she’d jumped in feet first.
It had been the same with Joe, too, and even Henry. They’d seemed perfect. They weren’t, of course. The signs had been there with both, but that impulsive part of her had plunged in without a second thought.
“Not in this lifetime or any other.”
“You might want to rethink that. Six years locked behind bars makes a man a little desperate. It would serve you well to remember that.”
A shudder ran through her. I won’t let him intimidate me. I won’t let him intimidate me. She repeated the mantra over and over, forcing herself to remain cool and composed. “You don’t scare me.”
He lunged across the table and she almost fell in her haste to get away. His bark of laughter echoed in her ears and had her stopping in mid-stride. Get a hold of yourself. He’d be crazy to try anything in a crowded restaurant. One scream from her and the manager would come running. She turned back and glowered down at his still-laughing face. “What-do-you-want?”
His expression sobered. “The way I figure it, you owe me and—”
Her eyes rounded. “I. Owe. You? Are you high, or what?”
“You cost me everything,” he sneered. “And now it’s time to pay up. I want twenty-five thousand dollars in cash or I’ll tell everyone your dirty little secret.”
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The book is part of a series. Without giving up any secrets, what can you share with us about your next book or books?
A LOVE WORTH SAVING – Book 2
Ashley and Reed’s story –
Ashley and Reed seemed so happy when they married a few short weeks ago, but an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage throw their marriage into turmoil. Now all Ashley and Reed want to do is get on with their lives, but they’ll have to decide if theirs is a love worth saving.
THE ILLUSION OF LOVE – Book 3
Kate and Rafe’s story –
Kate Bradford fell for Raffaello D’Onofrio four years ago, while attending a semester abroad in Italy. She thought he loved her, too, until she found Annalisa De Luca in his apartment dressed nothing but the shirt Rafe had been wearing the night before. When he’d been with her.
Now Rafe is back in her life, and much to her chagrin, the attraction between is stronger than ever, but Kate will have to decide if his love is real or just an illusion.
Now for the contest: Anna is going to give away to one lucky commenter an ebook copy of Keeping Her Guilty Secret in Kindle format. To enter, put “I want Keeping Her Guilty Secret” in the comment box with your name and email (valid email required). This contest is worldwide and void where prohibited by law. Good luck, everyone! The deadline is Sunday, Nov. 16 at noon Eastern Time.
Thank you, Anna. I can’t wait to get to the end of the book. Don’t worry I won’t spoil it for anyone.
Thank you, Susan, for having me on Nights of Passion.
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Contact e-mail: authorannajames(at)yahoo(dot)com
Anna James writes contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after. She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.
Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.
Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.