Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

I first met Rachel Van Dyken at Shameless in Orlando 2017. I’m bummed that I didn’t get a photo with her, but to be fair, it had been a reeeeeeally long day, and I was asking for a favour.

She’d been standing up for seven hours (she rarely sits down at events as she likes to be able to talk to readers easily), and her assistant glared at me as if asking for another minute of her time could land me in jail, but Rachel just smiled. 

“Sure, dude! What do you need?”

I was asking her if she’d donate one of her paperbacks for an auction with my favourite military charity www.felixfund.org.uk

She plucked a book from her dwindling pile, signed it, and I later auctioned that book for £60!

She is one of my favourite people.

 

Q When did you start to feel like a writer? 

I think it felt real (and this is going to sound so cliché) when I finally held my book in my hands and saw it at Target, that’s when I was like OHH this is real, this is a thing, this is my job? It was a pretty cool moment and to this day I still search for my books in the wild because it makes me feel giddy! 

 

Q What is the most rewarding part of being a writer? 

Getting to connect with readers and share excitement over books, I’m such a huge reader so it makes me happy when my writing resonates with someone because I know exactly how that feels and it’s so freaking powerful. 

 

Q As a writer, what is the piece of work of which you’re most proud? 

Oh wow… Probably Ruin or Elude, both are very emotional books that came straight from my soul. 

 

Q What do you want to achieve next? 

I remember when I first started writing I had this pipe dream of listing on the NYT in every genre. Haha, yeah I’m an idiot what can I say? I had no idea how to even list or what it was, so basically it’s like when you’re little and you go ‘one day I’m going to marry someone from a boy band!’ Not gonna happen, bro. I really want to expand my reader base and my goal is to get my mafia series optioned. 

 

Q What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received: about life / about writing? 

Keep writing. I think so many people get frustrated if a book underperforms. ou have to keep writing keep doing what you love, don’t sit and wallow in your own sadness and self-doubt, keep moving. The finish line is your focus NOT so you can finish, but so you keep your head up at all times. The minute you look down, you trip on your shoelaces. 

 

Q Is there any subject/genre that you wouldn’t want to write? 

I honestly don’t know. I think I would probably be horrible at Historical romance. It’s where I started, but now I look back and go wow I really sucked at that. 

 

Q The Matchmaker’s Playbook has been made by Passionflix. How did you feel seeing your work on the big screen? Did it match how you saw the characters/story when you were writing it? 

It was such a surreal experience. I can’t even put it into words. I was so nervous at the premiere thinking oh no oh no the first few minutes are going to set the scene for this entire movie and bam they nailed it. It’s so different from being on set seeing the finished product. Passionflix was amazing in the adaptation and kept everything that made the book special. 

 

Q What is your favourite reader experience, either in messages or at an event? 

Oh man, I have so many fun reader experiences. I truly like when I get messages from readers that say that my books have given them a much-needed escape. I want to be that safe place, and when I get messages stating that, I feel like I’ve fulfilled my purpose. 

 

Q Do you think writers are different to other people? Are we observers? Creators? 

I think we’re both. I observe a lot, I’m quiet, I listen, and then I create something out of that nothingness, it’s pretty magical. I think writers truly are magicians with words. 

 

Q Have you ever written with a friend? What was the experience like? How did it differ from writing by yourself? What were the pros and cons? 

I’ve done two co-writes, one was with a good friend and it was a super-easy, seamless process because we each took a character and a chapter. My last co-write was a bit more difficult because it was partially based on a true story so I had to be really careful what I said and how I said it. I think the pros far outweigh the cons. You get a fresh perspective on characters and you get to bounce ideas off each other and feed off one another. 

 

Q Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time? 

Tired. HAH, kidding! I see myself with at least twenty more books under my belt, hopefully another book in development for TV/Movies and new mafia series 😉 I want to keep writing and keep producing things that I love. 

 

Q What is your philosophy in life? 

Always trust your gut and trust God. The rest is just life. 

 

Q Describe yourself in three words. 

Fast talker, optimistic, loyal to a fault.

 

Q How would your best friend describe you? 

HAHA she would say that I rarely show my insecurities or feelings to the outside world making it hard to know if I’m really okay or if I’m just faking it—she’s the one who helped me understand that when you share the burden you’re allowing others to help you. She’s a good friend. 

Q If you were an animal, what would you be?

Turtle

 

Q Most likely to say?

“Dude.”

 

Q Least likely to say?

“Call me.”

 

What is your favourite colour and why?

Blue and I have no idea lol

 

Q When you’re having a bad day, what cheers you up? 

Other than wine? My toddler 😉 His smiles and his random, “IDEA, MAMA! I HAVE AN IDEA.”

 

Q What would be your ideal day? Where would you be? Who would you be with? 

My ideal day is playing with my husband and son in the pool and busting out my laptop during a break with a glass of wine and writing. 

 

Q Mountains and snow, or beaches and sunshine? 

I LOVE the beach but there’s just something about the mountains that rein in my focus. 

 

Q What message would you like to give to the people who read your books? 

I write in so many genres I PROMISE you will find something you like, and I’m not easily offended so if you hate it, just make sure I have wine and we’ll call it good 😉 I write sexy mafia romances one day and rockstar rom coms the next. If you’re an avid reader, I have a book for you 😉 

 

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DEBASE

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KICKIN’ IT

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SUMMER HEAT: Cruel Summer #1

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SUMMER SEDUCTION: Cruel Summer #2
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SUMMER NIGHTS: Cruel Summer #3
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Author Carrie Elks

I’ve been at several book signings with the very lovely Carrie Elks, but it wasn’t until we spent time at Paris Livres in Autumn 2018 that I spent any real time with her. Lucky me, because this lady is a hoot! Which is probably why I look like I’m braying like a donkey in this photograph with her.

What else can I tell you about her? She’s originally from Essex in the UK and has lived in several different countries around the world, she’s a best-selling author of contemporary romance with her trademark sense of humour. There’s lots lot to like about this gal – come and say hi!

 

When did you start to feel like a writer? When was the moment for you when you thought, Yes! I’m a writer!

Ooh, good question. I’m not sure there’s ever been a moment when I’ve suddenly thought I’m a writer. It’s been more of a growing process. Like a good wine, I’m slowly maturing into the title. Not just by publishing books, but also attending author events and meeting readers, chatting to people on social media who’ve enjoyed what I’ve written. 

But even then I still suffer from Imposter Syndrome – the feeling that at some point everybody’s going to find out that I’m not a real writer at all! I think the only way to feel like a real writer is to grow a big skin and own it – something I’m still working on!

 

What is the most rewarding part of being a writer?

Apart from the yacht and the island in the Bahamas? Just kidding! I don’t think the reward comes from anything with monetary value at all. It comes from writing something from the heart and hearing from a reader that it touched them too. That’s worth more than a six-figure advance (though that would be nice) or a hundred designer bags. I still have my eye on a couple though…

 

As a writer, what is the piece of work of which you’re most proud?

Probably Fix You, just because it was my first book. It changed everything for me, and allowed me to see that a future as a writer was a possibility. It’s been translated into eight languages, and five years on from the original publication I still get messages from readers all over the world saying how much it touched them.

 

What do you want to achieve next? 

Nothing major. Just world domination. Or maybe finish writing my current book!

 

You’ve lived in several different countries, do you think that’s affected the way you write or what you write? Or if not, why not?

 

Living in three different countries has made me braver and more willing to try new things, because I’ve learned that even when everything goes wrong (and you arrive in a foreign city with a ten-month-old baby and nowhere to live) in the end it will all be okay. So when I come up against something that is outside my comfort zone, I remind myself that at least I know where I’m sleeping tonight. 

Being vulnerable can be scary, but it can also help you reap wonderful rewards. Using this newfound bravery, I began to first publish my stories as fanfiction (and open myself up to reviews) and then step into traditional and self-publishing. Every experience, negative or positive, can either push us forward or hold us back. I try to choose the former!

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received: about life / about writing?

I really like Jodi Picoult’s advice: ‘You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.’ I think about this a lot when I sit in front of my laptop and hate everything I’ve written. When I first became a writer I used to fear the editing process, but now I see it as my friend. It enables me to just write whatever comes out in the first draft without worrying about it, because I know I will be able to edit it, and make it a heck of a lot better later.

 

What is your favourite reader experience, either in messages or at an event?

My favorite one is the story of how I met my agent, Meire. Back in 2012 I was writing fanfiction, and she was one of my readers. We started chatting over messenger, and then one day she sent me a message telling me she was starting a literary agency, and asking if I would be willing for her to represent me.

Of course, I thought it was some kind of scam, but decided to say ‘yes’ anyway. As I said to my husband, ‘if she asks for money I’ll say no.’ Luckily, she turned out to be the real deal. She’s sold my books all over the world and has become one of my dearest friends. You can’t ask for a better experience than that!

 

Do you think writers are different to other people? Are we observers? Creators? 

A lot of writers I’ve met share similar traits. We’re mostly introverts, we like people watching, and often we were day-dreamers as children. But although we’re all creative, that can come out in different ways. I know some writers who are also brilliant artists, whereas I can barely draw a stick figure. Others can seamlessly jump genres, or even medium, writing screenplays and radio plays whereas I tend to stick to one area. 

I think the one thing we all share is a love of books and the written word. That’s why we do what we do – and why it’s impossible not to write once you’ve started. 

 

 

Is there a topic or genre that you wouldn’t write about? Why is that?

I haven’t found one yet!

 

Have you ever written with a friend? What was the experience like? How did it differ from writing by yourself? What were the pros and cons?

I’ve never written a book with a friend, but back when I was writing fan fiction there were a couple of writers I collaborated with. It was the best fun. I can remember getting so excited when my fellow writer had finished a chapter and emailed it over to me. One time I was at work and couldn’t wait to read it, so ran to the bathroom and locked myself in a stall. When I finally came out, there were two people waiting, wanting to know what had made me laugh so hard in there!

I guess the cons of co-writing are that the muse doesn’t always hit both writers at the same time, or one writer can’t keep up with the other. Plus there are always creative differences. It’s like being in a marriage – you don’t have to always agree, but you have to find a way to compromise, otherwise that poor book baby will never see the light of day.

 

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Hopefully still writing! And if it happens to be on a tropical island somewhere, complete with cocktail bar, then all the better!

 

What is your philosophy in life?

Be kind. Always.

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Book-loving chocaholic. 

 

How would your best friend describe you?

She thinks I’m lovely, which is lucky since we’re best friends and all. That’s probably because she doesn’t have to live with me, but I’ll take it anyway!

 

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A dog. My little pug has an amazing life. He sleeps, has cuddles and gets fed without ever having to lift a finger (or paw). He pretty much has it made.

 

Most likely to say…

Don’t worry about me, I’m fine.

 

Least likely to say…

No, I don’t need another glass of wine.

 

What is your favourite colour and why?

Grey. Nearly every room in my house is covered in it. It’s the new brown, which was the new black. It’s so versatile!

 

When you’re having a bad day, what cheers you up?

My family, chocolate and wine. Not necessarily in that order.

 

What would be your ideal day? Where would you be? Who would you be with?

It would involve a long walk in the sunshine, preferably with my husband and our dog. Then a pub lunch with a big glass of red wine, followed by a nap and some reading. Then in the evening we’d curl up on the sofa and watch a movie with some popcorn. And I’d probably fall asleep again…

 

Mountains and snow, or beaches and sunshine?

The beach. Always!

 

What message would you like to give to the people who read your books?

Thank you! There are so many books out there, I’m always grateful and excited when people choose to read mine.

If you’re in the UK, you can meet Carrie at RARE in London on 21st September

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Summer’s Lease (Shakespeare Sisters Book 1)

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. She has no job, no cash and no possible way of paying next month’s rent. So when a friend offers her the free use of an Italian villa she jumps at the chance. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-enemy, movie star Sam Carlton.

Having just hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons – again – Sam needs a place to hide out. Where better than his family’s gorgeous empty villa on Lake Como? Except when he arrives, it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.

One thing’s for sure – this is going to be a red-hot, scorching summer . . .

A gorgeous book from the bestselling author of Fix You and the Love in London series. Look out for more in The Shakespeare Sisters with A Winter’s Tale, Absent in the Spring and By Virtue Fall now available from Carrie Elks.

One thing’s for sure – this is going to be a red-hot, scorching summer . . .

A brand new series from the bestselling author of Fix You and the Love in London series. Look out for more in The Shakespeare Sisters with A Winter’s Tale coming soon from Carrie Elks.

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Let Me Burn (Angel Sands Book 1)

When a handsome firefighter returns to his small home town, the last thing he expects to find is love…

Lucas Russell lives for his job. Forced to take extended leave following an accident, he returns to his small home town to stay at the beach cottage his grandparents left him. The problem is, he’s not used to having so much time on his hands.

After a broken engagement, Ember isn’t ready for love right now. Though her heart might be mended, she prefers to keep herself busy with her family and work; that way she won’t get hurt again. But she didn’t count on meeting a handsome firefighter with a dimpled smile. After Lucas saves her from one awkward situation too many, she can’t stop thinking about him.

Ember finds Lucas impossible to resist, and he’s determined not to let her. As long summer days melt into sultry, passionate nights what begins as a fling develops into something much deeper. Until the day Ember’s ex-fiancé returns to town and threatens to destroy the fragile connection that’s building between them.

*This stand-alone romance is low on angst and big on feels. If you enjoy a heartwarming read that’s sweet with heat, Let Me Burn is for you*

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Krista Webster – Super Fan!

Interview with Krista Webster

©Jane Harvey-Berrick, 2019

I first met Krista in 2015 at the very first UK romance book event, organised by Totally Booked Book Blog. I was raising money for the military charity www.felixfund.org.uk and had brought a couple of lovely soldiers with me. Here they are with Krista.

It was the start of a wonderful friendship that has seen Krista and her husband Len (more about him later), visit me and my family. We’ve also run across at each other at, ooh, loads of events! She’s always happy and always happy to help.

And I’m so happy to say that this lovely person recently won the Book World Contributor Award at Chapter.Con! Congratulations, Krista, and very well deserved.

 

 

I’d describe you as a super-fan. Is that a fair assessment?

Probably, but I call myself “just a reader”. I absolutely adore going to signings and meeting all the authors. 

I attempt to meet everyone, even if I haven’t read them yet, and generally manage it. It’s like catching up with friends these days as I’ve met so many authors over the years. I’ve also met many readers and made some great friendships along the way. Signings are a wonderful weekend away and a way to see new places. 

 

When did you start reading romance? What about it calls to you?

I was reading children’s fantasy books when I got a Kindle and read ‘Monday To Friday Man’ by Alice Peterson then ‘Fifty Shades’. In those days, there were recommendations at the end of the books so it just escalated from there. I love the escapism it provides, and it fascinates me what some couples go through to be together.

The thought that love can see you through any situation and is strong enough to break down barriers but can also mend a person—that appeals to me. 

 

How many events have you been to?

Most people would say too many! But as I said earlier it is a passion of mine. I’ve done 40 signings including six in the USA and one in France.

10 x Meet and greets 

2 x book launches 

2 x film premieres 

1 play and 1 film set visit to see how Passionflix film a book adaptation. 

 

Your husband, Len, goes with you to most events. Apart from being fab at helping shift boxes, how do you like having him with you at events?

At first I enjoyed my weekend trips away from the family as it was girlie time, which I never had growing up. 

Now, however, it seems strange to attend an event without Len. He makes a great personal photographer and looks after all my books! At first, it was a bit of a novelty with the authors because very few readers took their husbands, but now I get in trouble if he isn’t with me. As we volunteer at all the events now, it is great fun setting up together but also having someone who knows what they are doing really helps. At Book Bonanza he was called “The Banner King” after helping to put up a huge number of author banners. He has made friends with lots of the authors’ husbands and they really appreciate having another man to talk to when surrounded by women. He has also read many of the authors so enjoys meeting them as much as I do. 

 

What is the most rewarding part of being a reader?

I love it when I’ve read a really good book and contact the author to thank / congratulate them and they reply.  

I feel privileged to read some books, appreciate how the authors have shared their words and then being able to recommend that book to other readers and see how they also enjoy the story. Meeting a unicorn author never fails to excite me. It also amazes me when an author remembers meeting me or remembers my name, as it is still a goosebump moment for me even after all these years.  

 

You’re also a beta reader and proofreader, what is the piece of work of which you’re most proud?

 

With Tick Tock and Bombshell cover model, Gergo Jonas.

(And before you read this answer, I had no idea that Krista was going to say this – and I was so moved.)

This is an easy answer as it is a recent book I worked on: ‘Bombshell’ by Jane Harvey Berrick. 

There was so much research involved because it was based around true events. There were technical details and lots of information about working as an EOD (bomb disposal) operative that had to be correct. Jane always educates the reader with her books which meant all historical, political and general details had to be verified.

It was the second one in a series (the first being ‘Tick Tock’) so continuity between the books was imperative and all timelines had to be checked. All Jane’s characters are complex and she writes about difficult subjects with such ease that sometimes it is hard to remember you are proofreading and not just enjoying the story. 

The book was very personal to the author so I actually felt I had a responsibility to make sure the book was the best it could be and it was a very rewarding project to work on. 

Thank you, Krista. You actually brought tears to my eyes.

 

Do you read reviews? How much do they affect your decision to pick up your kindle?

I do sometimes read reviews of books usually on Amazon but sometimes Goodreads. I get really cross when readers just tell the story, many leave spoilers and not their feelings after having read it. I do like going blind into a book so I tend to read the author’s synopsis to see if I’ll like a book because mainly they don’t give too much away. I tend to choose a book these days on either who’s written it or if a fellow book friend recommends it. 

 

Where are you travelling to next? 

I am helping at an authors’ conference and we are going to a signing in June*. Then for July, we are relaxing in the sun for two weeks after 18 months of travelling. The last two events of the year for us are the RARE events in London and Rome in September. We have five signings booked for next year including one in Nashville so I am busy planning that trip.

* The June event was where Krista won Book World Contributor Award at Chapter.Con

 

If you could change one thing about the romance world, what would it be?

Pirated books.

I think it is so unfair to the authors who have worked so hard to publish a book and these people take all their words with no conscience about what they are doing. 

I couldn’t agree more!

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received: about life?

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” 

I can’t remember who first told me this, but it seems funny now I think about it for someone to say this to a very shy girl. Now, I always tell my boys this and it is amazing sometimes what can happen if you only ask. In these days of having to negotiate and haggle for a better deal, it is so true. 

The author Nora Roberts is quoted as saying: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer’s always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” 

 

Is there any subject/genre that you wouldn’t want to read?

Historical and Paranormal aren’t my favourite but I am happy to read most subjects/genres. I am not a fan of a very “fluffy” story but sometimes a lighter read makes a change as I am a real fan of dark stories. 

 

What is your favourite reader experience, either in messages or at an event?

 

It’s got to be meeting E L James for the first time. I don’t care what people say about the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ books because I enjoyed them and it led me to reading romance books, then meeting lots of lovely fellow readers and finding out about signings. We were at our first US signing in Seattle and having a drink in the hotel bar when she walked in . 

I was so surprised that I couldn’t talk and Len just laughed at me. 

 

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Happily retired! Maybe somewhere hot or by the sea, definitely away from London.

 

 

What is your philosophy in life?

Give anything a go once because you never know if you’ll ever be able to do it again. 

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Organised. Helpful.  Eagle-Eyed.

 

How would your best friend describe you?

Organised. Friendly. Generous. Thoughtful. Honest especially with books and always willing to lend a hand. 

 

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A dog. Hopefully with a good home, so fed twice a day, walked and left alone to sleep away the rest of the day.

 

Most likely to say…

“Can I have a beer?”

 

Least likely to say…

“F**K Off” (I hate how this is part of everyday language these days. ) 

 

What is your favourite colour and why?

Blue. Because I was a Tom Boy growing up and hated pink, plus I support Spurs (the north London Premier Division soccer team)!

 

When you’re having a bad day, what cheers you up?

Obviously, a good book to lose myself in always cheers me up; however, I also enjoy walking the dog or a good pint of beer. 

 

What would be your ideal day? Where would you be? Who would you be with?

Being somewhere warm as I get cold very easily. I do enjoy going out for a meal with friends or going to a concert or the theatre always brings me pleasure. 

 

Mountains and snow, or beaches and sunshine?

As much as I love the countryside, I hate being cold so definitely sunshine. 

 

What message would you like to give to someone who says they don’t like books?

You don’t know what you’re missing. Books are a way to escape the pressures of modern living and life in general as they allow you to just lose yourself for a couple of hours. 

 

List five books that mean the most to you/changed your life.

‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis

‘Fluke’ by James Herbert.

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ by E L James

‘Captive In The Dark’ by C J Roberts

‘Tears Of Tess by Pepper’ Winters 

 

What a lovely lady. Look out for her at your next signing—she could be standing in the queue next to you, and if she is, give her a hug from me 🙂

Golden Czermak: Photographer & Writer

I first met Golden at the Hard Rock Café Event in Tulsa OK four years ago along with friend and blogger, Sheena Lumsden, and the model Tyler Gattuso (cover model for my books The Traveling Man, The Traveling Woman and One Careful Owner). I’ve met Golden a couple of times since then at other events, and he’s always such a gentleman—despite being totally ripped and top-to-toe muscles!

Starting out as a photographer, he’s also become known for his writing, especially his paranormal and steampunk stories. But let’s hear from the man himself.


Your career in the romance world has been in two parts: as a photographer and as a writer. Let’s start with the photography.

 

How did you start becoming a photographer of cover models?

I started the business back in 2012, born out of a hobby that included graphic design and photography to supplement (since stock photos were and sometimes still are fairly strange and unusable for a lot of projects). Business quickly picked up as did my social media following, leading to more clients and diversity. Things changed direction onto their current course in the early days when I had a client who owned a local nutrition store ask to shoot some of his sponsored athletes. A billboard and ads came from that, as did my love for that style of photography (versus infants and toddlers lol). I went to fitness shows thereafter and began to have authors ask about custom photo shoots for their book covers. Nearly 1000 covers and 2M followers later, here we are <3

 

What attributes do cover models need? I imagine it’s not just about a great body/handsome face.

They definitely need to have a passion and a drive for this kind of thing. The bodies are nice, as are faces (both being what can sell an image), but their personalities are definitely the driving force behind it all. When there is a combination of all three, the magic definitely happens and the work shows.

 

Do you have a favourite model? Why is that?

I love all my clients for different reasons, all of which contribute to me and my life in different ways, as well as experiences and memories. That said, I have grown closer to a handful over the years when our personalities mesh. Jake Wilson is one who I’ve known the longest and I consider a close friend/family. Chase Ketron (my number one seller) and RJ Ritchie are others.

 

Do you have a favourite photoshoot memory?

I do and it’s a simple one. I was driving to a photo shoot one day in St. Louis and as I was looking out at the countryside, it struck me that I am doing something many dream about – a job that isn’t really a job but a passion. I felt blessed at that moment and vowed to always stay humble and ethical to the best of my ability.

 

What sort of things can go wrong on photoshoots? Biggest disaster?!

LOL! There have been lots of issues from wardrobe malfunctions to models not looking like their photos (yikes!) but the two most harrowing incidents involved the near-loss of my camera. One was a shoot with RJ Ritchie locally in a muddy riverbed and the other was a shoot with Andrew England in the oceans off the coast of Tampa. In both cases nature tried to claim my gear and was 99.9% successful in doing so. That 0.1% that saved the day was pure luck.

 

Who (or what) inspires you as a photographer?

My late mother inspires me. She was always so proud of everything I did and I think her knowing that her son has the freedom he has these days would make her smile.

 

Is there anyone you’d like to photograph, given the chance?

I would love the chance to do a photo shoot with Chris Pratt or Chris Evans. It doesn’t have to be a long set, or even one with many photos, but just being able to see my watermark on one of their pictures would literally make me cry. And yes, I have a thing for them… secretly. Shhhh.

 

When did you start to feel like a writer, the moment for you when you thought, Yes! I’m a writer!

I think for me it’s when I wrote The Secret Life of Cooper Bennett. It was my 15th book or so, but I feel as though that book is my “true” voice as a writer. Listening to it on audio there were literal moments I had chills. Almost imposter syndrome in that “there is no way that I wrote that!” That made me feel great. Now, I need these new guys I’m photo shooting to give me a break so I can continue on the writing front! LOL

 

What is the most rewarding part of being a writer?

Seeing the thing come together after the long process of writing, editing, formatting, cover designing, uploading and publishing. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your words in print or in hand as a paperback/hardcover.

 

As a writer, what is the piece of work of which you’re most proud?

I touched on this earlier but The Secret Life of Cooper Bennett is my most cherished book.

 

What do you want to achieve next?

Finishing the Cooper series and working on Steam Tycoon 2.

 

You’ve lived in the UK and the US (which is now your home), do you think that’s affected the way you write or what you write? Or if not, why not?

I think so. I’ve pulled from experiences on both sides of the pond and used them to shape the way I write. I think it made me wordier, but in a good way. My readers love the way they “feel like they are in the story” while “reading a movie.” Which is exactly the way I visualize things, so that means a lot to me as a writer to hear.

 

Is there any genre/topic that you’d never write?

I don’t think I could write historical… at least accurate historical. I would need to put a spin on it and make it some alternate universe thing to cover the inconsistencies I am sure to introduce (since I like more visual, action-oriented scenes).

 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received: about life / about writing?

Don’t quit. It’s a mindset I’ve used in fitness, photography, and writing. There is a lot of hate out there, and when I say that I am not understating it. True loathing exists for people that “make it” in capacities others cannot and you have to learn to push through it when times are difficult. Imagine getting hate atop of writer’s block. Or trying to push for sales of calendars while encountering a wave of negativity. It’s hard. But you must press on… and realize too that no matter how small your steps are, it is still forward progress.

 

What is your favourite reader experience, either in messages or at an event?

Having readers approach that are unable to speak because they are so nervous. I am the most approachable person ever, but something about that experience is humbling. Also, getting messages from readers/fans that just say “thank you for being so inspirational and positive”. That is all the medicine anyone needs to remedy a cloudy day.

 

Do you think writers are different to other people? Are we observers? Creators?

I think we tap into things and see them differently, yes. Now is that for the better or worse? I can’t say. I DO know though it allows us to see things beneath the skin, to read situations differently, and to plan and have backup plans accordingly. Well, unless you’re a pantser (versus the superior planners…) #CastThatShade lol <3

 

Have you ever written with a friend? What was the experience like? How did it differ from writing by yourself? What were the pros and cons?

I haven’t! I would love to do a co-written piece down the road.

 

A few years ago there were maybe just one or two male romance writers. What do you think has changed?

I think it has become more acceptable, but there’s also a long road ahead for more acceptance. I’ve been at events where readers avoid the male author tables (I mean not even coming up to snag swag or an information rack card) and that is sad, since they are missing out on some truly good stories. I think the realms of diversity too are changing for the better, though that is a whole other topic of discussion I would love to have with others some day similar to the panel I did about Own Voices at Apollycon.

 

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Still merrily chugging along.

 

What is your philosophy in life?

Keep rising, as limit is only a word.

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Positive, Real, Humble.

 

How would your best friend describe you?

Crazy

 

If you were an animal, what would you be?

I would love to be a dog or a bird, but would likely be a slug or something lol.

 

Most likely to say…

Don’t Quit

 

Least likely to say…

Give Up.

 

What is your favourite colour and why?

Red. It oozes power and looks good as tank tops and undies. LOL

 

When you’re having a bad day, what cheers you up?

Carbs… all of them.

 

What would be your ideal day? Where would you be? Who would you be with?

I would be able to do what I do now but travel more with my other half.

 

Mountains and snow, or beaches and sunshine?

Beaches and sun, though sand gets in everything.

 

What message would you like to give to the people who read your books?

Give my work a try if you’d like genres with a spin (I mean how many authors have a book where the character talks to the reader, eh?). I think you’ll enjoy the ride.

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Saving the Billionaire


SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE

THE NAME IS TRAINER. JUSTIN TRAINER. AND I’M THE BODYGUARD…

A complete duet with no cliff-hanger and HEA – sort of…

Behind his stoic persona, former US Marine Justin Trainer also hides a wicked sense of humor as he watches the comings and goings and comings of his messed up boss.

On top of that, Trainer still has to balance trying to have a private life, working on his own love life, and also finding time to be a daddy to his daughter with an ex-wife who hates him.

It’s definitely not all black and white…

 

Saving the Billionaire #2

The hilarious concluding episode of black comedy/drama/romcom/thriller GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE.

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job, even when he’s guarding a billionaire boss with too many secrets.

He’s Justin Trainer.

You won’t notice me and you won’t hear me, but I’m always there, watching, listening and waiting. I’m armed and dangerous because I’m the bodyguard, and I’m the guy who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, saving my billionaire boss from blackmailers and computer hackers—but mostly from himself.

 

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Prologue
SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE

© 2019 Jane Harvey-Berrick
All rights reserved. 

 

Hope.

Small word. Big meaning.

When I started working for reclusive billionaire Devon Miguel Anderson, I had no idea what a screwed up son-of-a-bitch he was, but live and learn.

He has more money than just about anyone on the planet, except maybe Bill Gates and God, and I’m not sure about God. That doesn’t mean he’s happy though. As a matter of fact, Anderson is not a happy guy: just miserable in Armani suits.

I’m not his friend, I’m not his drinking buddy, but I am the guy who knows him better than just about anyone else, and that includes his shrink.

I’m a close protection officer: that’s ‘bodyguard’ to you. And when the shit goes down—which it will—I’m the one who’ll take a bullet for the billionaire. I really hope that doesn’t happen, because I’ve kind of got a thing for living. Who knew?

But Anderson? He has a lot to learn.

So if you want to know why this fucked up dude in Tom Ford shoes gives me hope, well, read on.

 



EXCERPT

 

I’m watching the boss and his maybe girlfriend from the driver’s seat, trying to be an inconspicuous Close Protection officer in a $95,000 car. In Brooklyn.
“What are Mr. Anderson and Maria doing now?” Rachel asks, reminding me that I have my cell phone in my hand.
“Talking. Well, she’s talking; he’s looking kinda whipped … um, I mean … she still looks mad. Wait, she’s kissing him on the cheek.”
“Oh!” Rachel sighs. “That’s so sweet! Oh, I like this girl. What are they doing now?”
“Um … you really want a description? He looks like he’s forgotten they’re outside. Good thing there are no paps around.”
“I’m sorry you have to wait. Have you had something to eat?”
“Yeah, I grabbed a burger.”
“That’s not very healthy!”
I roll my eyes. “Tasted good.”
“Hmm! Are you trying to make me mad?”
“Is it working?”
“Yes!”
“How mad are you, baby?”
“I’ll show you when you get back.”
I groan and she laughs.
“Goodnight, Justin!”
“Wait! What are you wearing?”
“Justin!”
“Come on, I’m curious.”
“I’m wearing that lovely black underwear that you bought me from Victoria’s Secret…” I groan inwardly “…and I’m wearing a white blouse and navy blue pencil skirt.”
“Take off your clothes.”
“Justin!”
“Do it for me, baby.”
I hear the smile in her voice.
“Okay, Justin. I’m unzipping my skirt. I’m sliding it down my hips. It’s on the floor. Now I’m picking it up and folding it and putting it on the chair, like you’re supposed to do with your clothes!”
“Oh, baby, don’t ruin the moment. Undo your shirt: one button at a time.”
“Here’s the first button, now the second, now the third; my bra is showing through. Now I’m undoing the cuffs; I’m sliding my blouse over my shoulders. Now I’m just in my bra and panties. I’m going to put the phone down so I can unhook my bra…”
Oh, fucking yeah! Suddenly there’s a thud.
“Oh, sorry, I dropped the phone. Allison is on the other line. I was supposed to call her when I got in. I’ll have to go.”
“What? No!”
“Bye, Justin!”
Fucking Allison! I knew there was a reason I hated her. And I’ve got a rock solid erection. Sucking in a deep breath, I lean back in my seat and try to think cold thoughts. Oh, for fuck’s sake!
You’re probably wondering why I don’t just jerk some knuckle babies as no one’s looking and I’m parked away from streetlights.
I guess you could say the Marines cured me of that—jerking it on duty is frowned upon. And maybe because I was doing an overnighter in a defensive watch post, alone in my shallow fighting hole, my buddies relying on me to be vigilant. I started getting sleepy, with only hourly radio checks to keep me awake. Rubbing one out seemed like a good way to stay awake. Accidentally leaning on the ‘talk’ button while in the midst of Operation Stay Awake, meant that all other radios heard me slapping and panting. And because you can’t receive transmissions while broadcasting, no one could tell me to stop. The C.O. wasn’t happy, but it kept the other guys entertained and awake.

 

 


 


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Saving the Billionaire #2

The hilarious concluding episode of black comedy/drama/romcom/thriller GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE.

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job, even when he’s guarding a billionaire boss with too many secrets.

He’s Justin Trainer.

You won’t notice me and you won’t hear me, but I’m always there, watching, listening and waiting. I’m armed and dangerous because I’m the bodyguard, and I’m the guy who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, saving my billionaire boss from blackmailers and computer hackers—but mostly from himself.

SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE IS NOW AVAILABLE

 

 

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Guarding the Billionaire #1

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job.

He’s Justin Trainer.

I work close protection. I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room. I’m the eyes watching you. I’m the ears listening to you. And I’m the dirty-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, guarding my billionaire boss.

 

 

GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE is available in KindleUnlimited

 

 

ADD TO GOODREADS

 

Prologue

© 2019 Jane Harvey-Berrick
All rights reserved. 

 

 

Hope.

Small word. Big meaning.

When I started working for reclusive billionaire Devon Miguel Anderson, I had no idea what a screwed up son-of-a-bitch he was, but live and learn.

He has more money than just about anyone on the planet, except maybe Bill Gates and God, and I’m not sure about God. That doesn’t mean he’s happy though. As a matter of fact, Anderson is not a happy guy: just miserable in Armani suits.

I’m not his friend, I’m not his drinking buddy, but I am the guy who knows him better than just about anyone else, and that includes his shrink.

I’m a close protection officer: that’s ‘bodyguard’ to you. And when the shit goes down—which it will—I’m the one who’ll take a bullet for the billionaire. I really hope that doesn’t happen, because I’ve kind of got a thing for living. Who knew?

But Anderson? He has a lot to learn.

So if you want to know why this fucked up dude in Tom Ford shoes gives me hope, well, read on.

 


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Guarding the Billionaire

GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE

THE NAME IS TRAINER. JUSTIN TRAINER. AND I’M THE BODYGUARD…

A duet with no cliff-hanger and HEA – sort of…

Behind his stoic persona, former US Marine Justin Trainer also hides a wicked sense of humor as he watches the comings and goings and comings of his messed up boss.

On top of that, Trainer still has to balance trying to have a private life, working on his own love life, and also finding time to be a daddy to his daughter with an ex-wife who hates him.

It’s definitely not all black and white…

 

Guarding the Billionaire #1

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job.

He’s Justin Trainer.

I work close protection. I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room. I’m the eyes watching you. I’m the ears listening to you. And I’m the dirty-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, guarding my billionaire boss.

 

 

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Excerpt
Saving the Billionaire

© 2019 Jane Harvey-Berrick
All rights reserved. 

 

The bodyguard and the boy band

There’s a certain technique to handling a naked girl—and I mean that in a strictly professional way. This one looks about sixteen and she wasn’t expecting to see me. Probably because she’s hiding in the closet of Russell Vassal, lead singer of chart-topping boyband Rock Boys. You’ve never heard of them? Yeah, well, count yourself lucky. I hadn’t heard of them either until I joined their world tour a month ago.

I grab a quilt off the bed, bundle her up and hand her off to a female security officer, hoping that when the kid sees her idols aren’t as squeaky clean as she thought, she’s not traumatized.
But at least she won’t lose her virginity tonight, because it’s my guess that’s what she’s offering. Jeez, she looks so young.

The blond kid, the drummer, is snorting coke off a pair of tits belonging to a red-haired groupie when my phone rings.

I see my wife’s name and my sphincter tightens. Against my better judgement, I answer.

“I’m working, Carla.”

“I want a divorce.”

“I thought you’d never ask.”

“Asshole.”

“Bitch.”

These days, it’s what passes for a conversation with my wife of eleven years.

She takes a deep breath and I can hear the venom in her voice.

“And I’m going for full custody of Lilly. It’s not like you ever see her anyway.”

The call drops and just like that, my evening is officially fucked.

Then the drummer, Derrick, comes in his pants while motorboarding Colombian marching powder.

Sighing, I signal one of the other bodyguards to take him to the bathroom and clean him up, or at least get the evidence out of sight. I’ve already confiscated every cell phone in the room, but I can’t afford to be too careful. There’s money in celebs making asses of themselves, and the person who has the evidence is gonna make some serious moolah.

I’m paid the big bucks to stop that from happening.

Milton, a heavyweight dude covered with tattoos and a scar down one cheek, throws me an annoyed look as he walks toward me, but he doesn’t argue. Instead, he grabs the kid by his collar and manhandles him out of the room.

The groupie stares at me with huge brown eyes, the pupils shrunk to pinpoints. She strokes her tits and offers them up to me, her head cocked on one side.

What, no hello?

I’m not tempted in the slightest. Sloppy seconds from a groupie who’s serviced every guy on the tour bus including Jerome the geriatric driver? No thanks.

Besides, I wasn’t lying to Carla—this is my work. Currently, I’m on tour with the hottest boy band on the planet. At least, that’s what their marketing whizz kid tells me. All I know is that each day I have to listen to their crappy pop music that makes my ears bleed, and each night I have to watch them partying it up with groupies, hookers, and assorted suppliers—meaning dealers.

Their big hit is Strolling with Rocks. No, I’m not making that up.

I’m strolling with rocks

My life full of knocks

Gonna stick that shit

In a damn big box.

Teenagers love it because it’s deep.

The world is doomed.




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COVER REVEAL DRAFT FOR BLOGGERS

From laugh out loud to sobbing over your e-reader, bestselling author Jane Harvey-Berrick’s book duet takes you on a riotous journey behind the scenes of a billionaire hiding a BDSM secret as well as an obsession with orgies, and his luckless bodyguard at the heart of the story who has to help hide the truth.

Behind his stoic persona, former US Marine Justin Trainer also hides a wicked sense of humor as he watches the comings and goings and comings of his messed up boss.

On top of that, Trainer still has to balance trying to have a private life, working on his own love life, and also finding time to be a daddy to his daughter with an ex-wife who hates him.

It’s definitely not all black and white…

A duet with no cliff-hanger and HEA – sort of…

 

 

Guarding the Billionaire #1

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job.

He’s Justin Trainer.

I work close protection. I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room. I’m the eyes watching you. I’m the ears listening to you. And I’m the dirty-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, guarding my billionaire boss.

GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE 9 June

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Saving the Billionaire #2

The hilarious concluding episode of black comedy/drama/romcom/thriller GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE.

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job, even when he’s guarding a billionaire boss with too many secrets.

He’s Justin Trainer.

You won’t notice me and you won’t hear me, but I’m always there, watching, listening and waiting. I’m armed and dangerous because I’m the bodyguard, and I’m the guy who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, saving my billionaire boss from blackmailers and computer hackers—but mostly from himself.

SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE 19 June

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EXCERPT:

© 2019 Jane Harvey-Berrick
All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Meet Jane

Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I’ll never keep up with all my ideas!

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beach-side walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

 

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