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.

 

SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE IS AVAILABLE IN KINDLE UNLIMITED!

 

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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

 

 

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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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GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE DUET

I’m really excited to tell you about a new duet that I’ve got coming out in June: GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE & SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE.

It’s a black comedy, no wait, a romcom … um … a thriller, maybe suspense? And erotic with a bit of BDSM…

Mostly, it’s a super-hot bodyguard looking after his billionaire boss.

It’s definitely not all black and white…

 

And because I know that pennies are tight, they’re both going straight to Kindle Unlimited

 

 

And because I know you hate waiting, they’re published only 10 days apart

They’re both up for pre-order now!

 

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

 

From laugh out loud to sobbing over your e-reader, this 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

 

 

ADD TO GOODREADS

 

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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And I have absolutely NO IDEA how to market these books because they don’t fit into any neat little Amazon categories or genres. Oops!

But I had a lot of fun writing them. Here’s a little taster…

 

© 2019 Jane Harvey-Berrick
All rights reserved. 

 

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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Cristina Melo: Brazilian romance author

 

Interview with Brazilian author M S Fayes
© Jane Harvey-Berrick, 2019

Translation by author Carol Dias

 

With her incredible mane of thick glossy hair and enviable, hour-glass figure, Cristina Melo exudes the glamour of a fifties pin-up. If she was blonde, she’d be Veronica Lake. But she’s far from an icy movie star, instead warm and friendly—especially when it comes to four-footed friends…

 

Q When did you know you were going to become a writer?

I never knew! It just happened. My first book was in 2014, but it was published the next year by Chiado, A Missão Agora é Amar [The Mission Now is to Love].

 

 

Q Does your husband read your books? What does he think?

Yes, he’s read all of them. He always likes them, but when he doesn’t, he encourages me to do more. My mother reads them, too. With the first book, my mother was surprised because she wasn’t expecting that; she didn’t know I was writing. But she’s happy for me.

 

Q What do you enjoy most about being a writer? Is it your full-time job?

A Yes, I’m a full-time writer, but for 15 years I ran a pet shop.

 

Q What’s your favourite pet?

All of them! I have a cat and a dog. I used to have three dogs and three cats. If I could, I’d have more animals. My husband says if I have anymore, he’ll leave! If I had to make a choice… if he said it for real, I might choose the pets! Seriously, the animals can’t defend themselves. My ex-boyfriend left because I chose the dog.

[How awesome is this woman! It’s at times like this that I’m frustrated we can’t simply talk to each other. I HAVE to learn Portuguese!]

 

Q What do you like most about being a writer?

I can create a lot of lives in one story.

 

Q If you had to stop writing tomorrow, how would you feel?

My life would be over! I live and breathe writing, so the world would end.

 

 

Q Which book are you most proud of and why?

My first book because I wasn’t expecting to do this, and when I finished, it was really special and I was really proud of it. I didn’t think that I could put my thoughts on paper like that.

 

Q What are you working on now?

I’m working on three books: the last book of my Missão Bope series, a new book entitled Nunca Mais [Never], and also a secret project for The Gift Box!

 

Q Which famous book do you most wish that you’d written?

So many! I really like Nicholas Sparks.

 

Q If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play the characters?

Channing Tatum to play Gustavo … um, I can’t think of anyone else. [Channing has that affect…]

 

Q What was your favourite book growing up?

O Pequeno Príncipe

The Little Prince

 

Q What was special about that book for you?

It was about encouraging you to dream, never to give up, and I followed this advice in my life. I was 10 or 11 years old.

 

Q Describe yourself in three words

A dreamer, persistent, a fighter

 

Q Describe your ideal man – other than your husband!

I don’t care about looks, I like a man who would fight for his family, someone who has a good heart.

 

Q If he was really handsome, what would he look like?

Captain America! You don’t have to pay for your dreams!

 

Q What’s your favourite food?

Bacalhau – dried, salted cod.

 

Q What’s your philosophy of life?

Never give up, everything is possible.

 

Q Where do you see yourself in ten years?

As a writer with a lot of books, with my family, a stable life.

 

Q How do you choose your book covers?

I try to find something from the story. If I don’t like what the publisher does, I talk to them and they’ll try to find something we both like.

 

Q Do you read romances?

A Yes, Colleen Hoover is a favourite. Nicholas Sparks, Christina Lauren. As for classical authors, I had to read these at school, but I do like Brazilian author Jorge Amado.

 

Q What message would you like readers to take from your books?

I write about reality, so I like readers to see ways to deal with their lives.

 

Q What do you enjoy about a Gift Box event?

The way I can interact with readers and there’s no distinction between authors, we’re all equal.

 

 

Q Any final words to your readers?

Every day you have a chance to start again.

Perfect

Minha Sentença é Você: Conto de Natal

 

 

Author L.H. Cosway

Interview with Lorraine (LH) Cosway

 

This interview was originally a live event in my Reader Group Jane’s Travelers. It’s published here with Lorraine’s permission.

 

I first met LH Cosway at a book event in Dublin, which is appropriate since Lorraine is a native of the fair city.

We were both on the quiet side, preferring to chat to one or two readers, and not so hot on the partying side!

And we seem to have similar ideas when it comes to writing about what interests us…

 

Q We’ve both written about travelling circuses/carnivals (my TRAVELING SERIES, your HEARTS SERIES); dancers (my SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM and LUKA, your SHOWMANCE), and male escorts (my AT YOUR BECK & CALL and your book FAUXMANCE).

Does it bother you that we think alike?

Not at all! I always write the sort of books that I want to read, so it’s definitely a good thing there’s someone else out there writing them, too. I wish there were more books about the circus and theatre world, so the fact that you’re inspired by the same themes is brilliant. It also means there’s more choice out there for readers who want to read books like that <3

 

Q Good point! What sort of research did you do for FAUXMANCE, your male escort book?

A Some of the research I did was to read interviews and articles I could find online written by real life male escorts. It was all very interesting! They were quite difficult to find though.

Darcy Anderson De Rose

now that LH Cosway has finally written Fauxmance (after waiting sooo many years), any chance on you writing a continuation novel to Luka? I’ve always wanted him to have an HEA. Pretty please 🙏😍

Jane Harvey-Berrick I had an idea for a book YVETTA but never got around to write it!! 😏

 

Q We’ve both written books about people who are outside mainstream life in many ways – why do you think you’re attracted to characters like that?

I love an underdog, but I’m also fascinated by people who are on the fringes of society. People who face adversity and live a different sort of life are the ones with the most interesting stories to tell.

Lara Herrera I like these characters because for me I can relate to them more than the 20-something heiress, or fashion model, etc. The ones who have lives a hard life and not let it beat them down. Kinda like me. 😉

Gwendolyn Kohn I think readers are all at some point, outside of the mainstream. I personally believe that all of the arts lead our world into change.

 

Q Where do you get your ideas from? I know, tough question, because I have to answer that with ‘everywhere’.

This sounds silly, but they really do just come to me. Usually in the shower, or while I’m completing some menial task, an idea will pop into my head. I can go weeks feeling uninspired and then all of a sudden, an idea will hit me and I’ll be energized to write again.

JHB Yes, it’s walking by the beach for me. I can’t say while I’m vacuuming, because I never do that 😀

LH Cosway Lol! I recently got one of those Roomba hoovers. It’s changed my life

Julie Joyness 😂 It’s always the shower!

 

Q Tell us about a typical writing day in the crazy world of LH Cosway?

It isn’t crazy, even in the slightest. Pretty much my favourite thing to do is stay indoors and write or read, particularly when it’s cold and rainy out, which is often in Ireland, lol. Usually I try to get all my social media, administrative stuff and emailing done before lunch, then after lunch I settle in to write. I feel like I write my best stuff late in the day and at night, so I tend to stay up writing late. When I try to write first thing in the morning it comes out dull and boring. Perhaps my brain hasn’t woken up enough yet to be creative.

Jane Harvey-Berrick I’m the opposite. Not much happens after 8pm. Tonight is an exception 😏

LH Cosway Lol! I always wish I could get everything done during the day then just relax at night but it never works out

 

Q Can you read other books while you’re writing?

Darcy Anderson De Rose Ooh, that’d be hard to do.

Jane Harvey-Berrick I never used to be able to, but now I can switch off and enjoy other books

Darcy Anderson De Rose And it doesn’t get in the way of your thinking process?

Jane Harvey-Berrick Not any more. At first, I’d find myself mimicking that author’s voice. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen now

Lara Herrera I find that reading a good book in my genre inspires me to better my writing, and it shows in the story I’m telling.

Darcy Anderson De Rose Very interesting, thank you. Nice to know what goes into a story.

Yes. In fact, I need to read while I write. It keeps me inspired. When I read something really, really good it gives me that kick up the arse to be like, you should be writing something good, too! I also like to take breaks and read a good story then go back to my own one.

Jane Harvey-Berrick Oooh, very good point! “I need to be better!”

LH Cosway I also get jealous of really great writers. I’m like, why can’t you be that good?! Lol.

Jane Harvey-Berrick LH Cosway Yeah 😬

 

Q What are you working on at that moment?

Right now, I’m working on a special Christmas novella and the first book in my Running on Air series, Off the Air.

Jane Harvey-Berrick I’ve shied away from doing seasonal books. Don’t know why. Is this your first Christmas book?

Yes, it’s about a one night stand at an office Christmas party lol

 

Q What book do you wish you’d written?

That’s a hard question! There are so many books I adore. If I could pick only one I would say Jane Eyre. Gothic romances are some of the first books I ever read and they’ll always be a first love.

Darcy Anderson De Rose Ever consider writing a historical novel then? Most of them are pretty dry and similar, that’s why I like contemporary ones.

Jane Harvey-Berrick I’m intrigued by the idea…

LH Cosway I actually have part of a gothic romance written that I’m hoping to finish next year. It’s not a period novel, but it does have a lot of the dark, gothic themes similar to say Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

Darcy Anderson De Rose Jane Harvey-Berrick Yep, maybe work on one together (though Stu might get jealous 😉

Jane Harvey-Berrick He’s so laid-back, only a volcano would move him 😉

LH Cosway Lol!

Jacqueline Showdog-ff I’d love a historical romance too. Only a handful of authors are writing them yet there’s so much potential in forbidden liaisons and fumbling around under swishy skirts. I’d love that 😜

Jane Harvey-Berrick Noted 😉

 

Q What music are you listening to at the moment? Watching on TV? Going to see at the cinema?

A I tend to become obsessed with one song and listen to it over and again. Right now that song is Thunderclouds. The music video is also delightful. I watch it every morning to put myself in a good mood.

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On TV I’m currently loving A Discovery of Witches. I was a big fan of the books so it’s very exciting to see the story play out on screen. That’s basically what I will be doing with my Friday nights for the foreseeable future.

I actually can’t remember the last thing I went to see at the cinema! The last movie I saw at home that I really loved was Ready Player One. It was unexpectedly brilliant!

 

Q What’s your favourite part of the writing process?

Jane Harvey-Berrick Like laughing at the good jokes?? A great line? Something that makes you cry?

LH Cosway All of this yes. And usually the parts that nobody else really cares about. That’s when I know I’m trying to be too “artistic” lol

Jane Harvey-Berrick LH Cosway I know that feeling!!! 😜

 

Q What’s your least favourite part of the writing process (not including marketing!)?

A Reading back stuff I’ve written and thinking this is utter crap 😅

 

Q I’ve started writing with my co-author STUART REARDON, and you have a very successful series with PENNY REID, starting with THE HOOKER AND THE HERMIT.

How did the partnership begin?

What’s your process for writing with Penny? How does it differ from your usual writing process?

We met about four years ago when we both attended the same book signing. We only knew each other online so we had no idea if we would even get along in real life. Then we met and hung out for a whole day and it was like we’d always known each other. It was that bizarre feeling of comfort like we were almost finishing each other’s sentences. At the end of the few days together we were like, we need to write a book!

Writing with Penny is lots of fun. It’s also refreshing to work with someone else, especially when you get sick and tired of your own brain lol. One of us writes the male POV and the other writes the female. It changes from book to book. I write one chapter and then she writes the next, so we sort of do a swap.

 

Reader Questions

Monica Lomond What is your favourite way to overcome either writer’s block or a hitch in the story that has you stuck?

LH Cosway I love to travel! Whenever I get home from a trip I’m always very energised to get back into writing. If it’s just a small hitch in the story I like to read a good book, sometimes go for a walk. Basically just take a little break until I can think my way through the road bump

Monica Lomond Do you remember your first book character crush?

LH Cosway I remember being very obsessed with Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse novels

Monica Lomond Awesome. I’m pretty sure you’re not alone there

Darcy Anderson De Rose Oh yes me too!

 

Lara Herrera

Is there a minor character in any of your books that you really love, but just haven’t found the right time/story to make them the MC?

LH Cosway Yes! In my book Hearts of Fire, there’s a side character called Lola who has run away from a troubled past and joined the circus. I definitely want to write a book for her at some stage

Lara Herrera Oh, Lola! There is definitely a story there! *prays to the book gods to give LH Cosway the time/story*

 

Darcy Anderson De Rose Who’s books do you like to read? Other than Jane Harvey-Berrick of course. 😉

LH Cosway I LOVE LOVE LOVE Samantha Young, Mariana Zapata, Kennedy Ryan, Christina Lauren and so many more I can’t think of write now lol

Jane Harvey-Berrick Huge respect! I especially love Mariana Zapata 👌

 

Lara Herrera

Do you ever think about your characters after their story is finished? Aside from the series or duologies, I mean. For example, how are Jade and Shane from Still Life doing?

LH Cosway Yes! I’ve just started getting really into Pinterest and looking back over all the character inspirations makes me miss them all so much. That is a good question about Jade and Shane! I like to think Shane is still playing his violin in the orchestra and maybe Jade has been become a famous performance artist 😀

Lara Herrera

Are there any authors who particularly inspire you or whom you would love to meet/collaborate with one day? (I would not be adverse to you working with Penny Reid more. 😉 )

LH Cosway Penny and I will be writing another book. Most likely next year. I am big fan of Samantha Young, Christina Lauren, and Kennedy Ryan to name a few!

Lara Herrera

LH Cosway Is there a scene that needed to be cut that you still mourn? Can you tell us about it?

LH Cosway That’s a tough one! When I was writing the Cracks Duet I actually completely changed the second half of the storyline. There was so much heartache in book one that I didn’t want to put readers through more trauma in the 2nd book. I still sometimes wonder how it might’ve been received if I’d kept the original plot.

Darcy Anderson De Rose Do you get your inspiration from anything or any place special, or just your head?

LH Cosway Just the old noggin lol

 

Kylie Scott: New York Times bestselling author

Interview with Kylie Scott

©Jane Harvey-Berrick, 2019

 

I first came across Kylie Scott’s books with the Stage Dive series. I loved the world she created, and she was one of the first people to write a series of books with each of the band members having their own story. It’s a fairly well-used trope now, but Kylie was one of the first, and she did it brilliantly.

I’ve also found her to be one of the nicest and most supportive people to fellow authors. Awesome writer, awesome person.

Enjoy the interview!

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

I think it was when I really settled into a writing routine and started getting a story down on paper. It was an absolute mess, but I felt like I was at least getting somewhere. Next came lots of workshops, conferences, and some mentoring. I don’t know if I felt like I was a writer exactly, but I felt like I was working toward something. The full feeling probably didn’t hit until the publication day of my first book, though. The first time I actually saw some return for my effort. That my book was in reader’s hands was also a big moment. For me it came in lots of small stages.

 

I first read your Stage Dive series. How do you feel about those books looking back from a few years and a lot more books?

The really cool thing about writing is that there’s always more to learn. I did a re-read of the series last year to write the novella “Strong”. It was interesting. Of course there’s things I’d change about the books now so many years later. But you have to respect what the stories mean to some readers. And I’m very grateful people have such affection for the books.

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What is the most rewarding part of being a writer?

I guess just sharing stories with people. Getting paid to daydream. There’s a lot of work involved, but it’s an awesome job. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do this.

 

What’s a typical Kylie day like?

Wake up, coffee, kids to school, mess around on social media, answer emails, procrastinate some more, extra coffee, and finally settle down to write or edit or whatever I have on the plate that day. At night, I like to chill with a book or some TV.

 

Does your environment influence your work? How do you think being an Aussie influences your writing?

My office is pretty damn messy and there’s usually a cat around here somewhere. As for being an Aussie, the more I travel the more I see that each country or even state/area, has its own sort of culture. But then I grew up watching a lot of American TV and movies so … I don’t know. I guess we’re all a mixture of what we’ve been exposed to, what we’ve absorbed along the way.

 

What do you want to achieve?

Someone once told me you’re only as good as your next book. So I always want the next book to be a little different, a little better. Of course, that’s all subjective. If I can earn a living telling stories and get to travel and meet readers now and then that’s pretty awesome.

 

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

That’s a tough one. There have been some amazing people along the way. And being able to interact with authors that I read and admire is always mind-blowing as well. But having a reader tell me they felt understood for a moment, that I took their mind off their problems and to a better place for a little while, that’s pretty wonderful.

 

Q  What is your philosophy in life? 

Be kind. To yourself, to others, to the world at large. I don’t always manage, but I keep trying.

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Introvert. Awkward. Dreamer.

 

How would your best friend describe you?

She’d probably say I was great. She’s fantastically loving and supportive like that. You got to have your girl squad to help lift you up and to encourage you to lift others up in turn.

 

If you were an animal, what would you be?

I can be fantastically lazy and zoned out so probably a cat.

 

Most likely to say…

Awesome. Or a sweary word.

 

Least likely to say…

Yes, I have already done that I am so super organized.

 

What is your favourite colour and why?

Black or navy or denim blue. I’m pretty boring like that. So all of my clothes match and I don’t have to think too hard when I get dressed. Mornings are hard. Plus the tattoos are pretty colorful so I tend to just let them be the interesting accessory in the outfit.

 

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

Music. Books. My loved ones. A stiff drink.

 

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

Hanging out with my partner on a balcony with a nice view and drinks in hand. Otherwise, a long bath with vodka and a book is pretty great.

 

Mountains and snow, or beaches and sunshine?

I don’t have much experience with snow, but I do love the mountains.

 

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

I think everyone’s mind works a little differently. Someone once told me you need the storytelling gene to become a writer. Perhaps that’s another way of saying you need to have that interest in story and characters. In building plots and developing tales. Most of us do seem to be observers, yes. And we’re definitely creators in that we’re generally creative.

 

Have you ever consider writing with a friend? If you have (I don’t think so?) what was the experience like? How did it differ from writing by yourself? What were the pros and cons?

Maybe. I don’t know. I’m used to having things my own way. It would be a very interesting experiment, that’s for sure. You’d have to pick the right person whose writing style and sense of humor too perhaps, compliment yours. You’d also need to have a relationship where you can build on each other’s work while being honest about what did or didn’t work for you in the story.

 

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Hopefully doing the same thing a little better.

 

Best book hangover – which book do you go back and re-read multiple times?

Probably “Sweet Dreams” by Kristen Ashley. I don’t know how many times I’ve read that book now.

 

What are you working on now?

A romantic suspense.

 

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

Thank you.