Hello Passionate Readers! Today I’m giving my Friday forum to USA TODAY best-selling author Jamie K. Schmidt. I’m glad to say I know Jamie personally. She is not only an active member in my Romance Writers of America (RWA) chapter, we are co-contributors to a New Adult box set, HOT SEDUCTION, SIX SIZZLING TALES (released this week, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015). Jamie has a great giveaway at the end of her post, so read away for a chance to win!
There was a time when I thought I would never go to Hawaii because it was too far away and too expensive. But I was fortunate enough to get a deal that allowed my family to go. And the world got bigger. Now that I’ve flown twelve hours successfully with a six-year-old, no travel seems impossible. However, when my son was still a baby, I went to Paris for my fortieth birthday—a lifelong dream. And I fell in love with France. The beauty, the people, the art, the food, everything was magical.
I know I will go back to France, but I never allowed myself to think outside of Paris. Like Hawaii, it was too far. And my French isn’t so good. But then I wrote Truth Reveals, the second book in my Truth and Lies series that’s featured in the box set Hot Seduction, Six Sizzling Tales.
The heroine, Maryanne, received a scholarship to a prestigious art college in France. I wanted her to stay in a medieval chateau that was a bed and breakfast. To do that, I’d have to set the story in the country. In my research, I discovered the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence via the website Trip Advisor.
And the world got bigger still. I could take a virtual tour of this beautiful countryside without ever leaving home. This is the marketplace where Maryanne, Henri and his mother go to sell wine, goat’s milk soap and Maryanne’s paintings and sketches.
Trip Advisor has a place where members can upload their photos of a place to share. From there I was able to get a good picture of what I wanted Henri and his mother’s chateau to look like and what type of wine he was making. That area of Provence is known for their rosés, which are usually a blend of many different type of grapes. Unlike the American rosé wines, which tend to be very sweet—Maryanne’s only experience with pink wine was Boone’s Farm Snow Creek Berry.
While I researched everything Maryanne was going to experience as a freshman in college, I was mentally booking trips for myself. I knew that I was going to take the plane from JFK to get me into Marseilles and then I would take the bus to Aix en Provence, just like Maryanne did. But I needed a bed and breakfast that resembled a medieval chateau. I wound up loosely basing it on Château Gigognan in Sorgues that’s to the north of Aix en Provence.
At the end of my story, I was eager to book my trip to Provence. After writing it, I felt that I had been there and I wanted to revisit the gorgeous countryside. If you’d like to take a trip to Provence, you can have a staycation by reading all about Maryanne’s sexy adventures.
For a chance to win a copy of the first book in the Truth and Lies series, Truth Kills, please leave a comment telling me where you would like to travel if money and time were not a problem.
Buy Link for Truth Kills: http://amzn.to/1L4rtVn
USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances. Her Club Inferno series from Random House’s Loveswept line has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists. She has two other series with Loveswept: Hawaii Heat, in which the first book Life’s A Beach will be out in January 2016, and The Sentinels of Babylon, about members of vigilante Motorcycle Club and their old ladies, which is scheduled for mid 2016. The Queen’s Wings, the first book in her paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing has had excellent reviews on Goodreads and book two, The Queen’s Flight will be released November 15, 2015. Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.
An avid knitter and jewelry maker, Jamie is never bored. She can often be found with a mug of tea on the computer flanked by her little dogs & fluffy white cat. You can follow her on twitter at @Jamiekswriter or on her author page on Facebook. When she’s not writing or crafting, Jamie loves playing games, everything from board games to strategy card games, console and online MMORPGs.
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A big thanks to Jamie for being on Nights of Passion!
CONTEST RULES: This contest is open to everyone, eighteen and older. Truth Kills is an ebook and will be gifted via Amazon or Nook to a randomly chosen commenter. Jamie K. Schmidt announce the winner at 10:00 p.m. EST. The winner will need to send Jamie their email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contest void where prohibited by law.
PREORDER LINK FOR HOT SEDUCTION (box set contributors: Jamie K. Schmidt, Stacy Hoff, Holly Roberts, Theresa Hissong, Susan Griscom & Leia Shaw):
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AMAZON LINK FOR DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES by Stacy Hoff:
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AMAZON LINK FOR SEASON OF LOVE (Box set with Stacy Hoff):