Thank you so much for having me today. And – for letting me gush about my new novel: Hollywood Ever After. I had so much fun writing this book.
The characters were very real to me so, by the books end, it was like visiting with old friends. So I thought I’d ‘introduce’ you to the heroine (Claire) and the hero (Josh).
Claire is very easy to relate to and I liked her. She’s this 35 year old mother of two who’s trying to figure things out now that she’s a single mom. She’s insanely talented, a writer and painter, but she’s very unsure of herself – tending to doubt her abilities versus recognize them. And she’s scarred, emotionally, from her past. I understood her hesitancy to commit or connect with anyone after she’d been so… damaged. But I wanted her to try, to find hope, and work towards it. Meeting Josh changes everything for her.
Josh is the perfect hero, really. I’ve never met a 28 year old man like him – but wouldn’t it be nice? He’s this sweet, ruffled, take-me-as-I-am kind guy who also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous. Oh, did I mention he’s a movie star? He is: the chics-lining-the-red-carpet-screaming-his-name kind of movie star. He’s not sold on the whole star thing but he loves acting enough to deal with the press too. He’s kind of got everything a 28 year old guy could want, but he’s missing something: home.
They just fell together, very sweetly and sincerely. From the second they meet, they click. I wanted them to work out and be happy. I hope you will too!
She wasn’t meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him.
Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises.
Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two…
And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair?
Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?
About the author:
Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy and contemporary romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since.
She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
This week’s topic:
Wow, it’s been three months since I last participated on RTW. I can’t believe it has been that long. Well, I can’t promise I’ll be here every Wednesday from now on, but I’ll try to ;)
Okay, on to the question.
I don’t really have a physical place I go to, especially since I just moved to Connecticut and I’m still figuring the place out ;)
1. Reading. Of course, it’s the most inspiring thing ever to me, be it a CP’s manuscript or a good book on my TBR list. I just can’t live without reading as much as I can’t live without writing.
2. Songs. Especially music videos on YouTube ;) I’m one of those people who does everything, and I mean everything, with music on the background. I have about two dozens of playlists reflecting the moods of my scenes and some are separate by WIP, so, if I’m writing, you bet I’m also listening to music.
3. Movies/TV Series. I like to watch things that are “similar” to what I’m writing so I can see what NOT to do. Not because the movies or tv shows are bad, not, they are usually good, but I don’t want to copy them, even if without meaning to.
4. Pinterest. It’s so fun to create storyboards and check everyone’s pictures and add more and more to my Inspiration board ;)
5. History. I haven’t had a history class or read a history book in ages, but I love history. Especially Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse and Chinese. It’s so fun and invigorating to learn how they lived, what they wore, their hobbies, their legends! Oh, Egyptian gods and their “powers” … I have a WIP in that line ;) I have a BA in art studio, but always said that I’ll get a degree in history someday, just because I like it so much.
Sometimes, I also talk about my stories to my husband and one of my best friends, though they have some valid ideas and suggestions, they don’t understand a thing about writing and end up mixing up a few things. But that’s okay. The intention is what counts ;)
Now I want to know about YOU. How do you get your creative juices flowing?
Today, I have the honor of hosting Jeffe Kennedy and her book, ROGUE’S PAWN, which releases today!
This is no fairy tale…
Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…
With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…
Q: Welcome Jeffe Kennedy. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about ROGUE’S PAWN?
Jeffe: The story is about a neuroscientist who falls through a metaphysical gate at Devils Tower and accidentally winds up in Faerie. Suddenly, everything she wishes comes true and she become deeply tangled with Rogue – who manipulates her into agreeing to give him her first-born child, which he will sire.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Jeffe: Not until I was in my mid-twenties, when I discovered that the career I was getting a PhD for wasn’t making me happy.
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Jeffe: I’m a pantser – though I prefer the term “mister.”
Q: What are you working on now?
Jeffe: The sequel to Rogue’s Pawn! I’m about halfway through it.
Q: Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
Jeffe: My best advice is the one thing most people don’t want to hear: write every day. Even if it’s only for a short space of time, it’s truly the best thing you can do. Build that habit. Do it every single day, no matter what.
Q: What book or series can you read over and over again without getting bored?
Jeffe: I’m not sure there is one. I’ve reread a lot of Anne McCaffrey and JD Robb’s In Death books. I went back and reread the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, which were interesting to read from an adult perspective. Mostly I feel like there’s so much stuff I haven’t read, that I don’t want to burn time reading something I already have!
Q: If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be?
Jeffe: Exotic animal vet!
Q: What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
Jeffe: When I was in college, I took a bus to visit my boyfriend in Chicago. I arrived at 2am at the downtown bus station and he was late meeting me. The vultures were really circling – looking back, it was a stupid thing to do!
Q: Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life?
Jeffe: If I have to pick one person, I’d say my husband. He’s always supported me and helped me to see I can have anything I want.
Q: If you could take a trip to any foreign country RIGHT NOW, which one would you choose? Why?
Jeffe: The Maldives. The water looks so beautiful and perfect. I love to snorkel. And I want to see the islands before they’re under water.
Q: What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had?
Jeffe: Music. I simply am miserable at playing a musical instrument. I envy that ability so much.
Q: What TV show are you most addicted to?
Jeffe: I don’t watch TV, so I manage to escape that time sink. I look forward to getting the next season of Castle on Netflix, however…
Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island, name three objects and three people you would want with you.
Jeffe: A knife, a big bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a flare gun, along with my husband, Queen Elizabeth and President Obama. The latter two because everyone in the world would be looking for us!
Q: What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself?
Jeffe: I have a lot of confidence and I’ve discovered that many people don’t have that – so I’m grateful for it.
This week flew by and I barely saw it. Seriously. It was insane.
So, here are my goals for the past week and how it was:
- Write: see below.
- FastDraft: write all afternoon from 12:30 to 5pm (from Tue to Fri) and get LOTS of words down. I didn’t write Thursday. There I said it. Of course I felt terrible about it now. I could have written, I was home, I was alone all afternoon, but lots of friends kept calling me on Facebook and Skype and I hadn’t spoken with some for ages and it felt so good! See. I’ve gotta disconnected the internet when I’m supposed to be writing hehe Anyway, I got about 13000 words down this week. Accordingly to the FastDraft challenge, I should have gotten 25000 words down. Yeah, so only half =( I confess I was a bit distracted and was really slow this week. But I did plot the ending in detail too, so next week should be faster ;)
- Read: read my CP’s manuscript and book #36 (goodreads challenge). Read book #36, but didn’t read CP’s manuscript =( At least she sent it just to be read, not to critique it, so I don’t feel TOO bad for not having read it yet …
- Social Media: blog at least once (besides check-in) and hop on Twitter whenever I have a free time. Done.
- Exercise: 3x at least. I went to the gym 4x this week.
Goals for next week:
- Write: see below.
- FastDraft: write every weekday from 12:30 to 5pm and get LOTS of words down.
- Read: book #37 (goodreads challenge) and CP’s manuscript.
- Social media: blog at least once (besides check-in) and hop on Twitter from time to time.
- Exercise: 3x at least.
That’s it for now.
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Have a great week!